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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 06:11 GMT 07:11 UK
Move to promote game technology
Artwork from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar Games)
Artwork from Grand Theft Auto, produced by Rockstar Games
Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace is visiting the US this week to promote Scotland's excellence in the world of computer game technology.

He will meet Robbie Bach, vice-president of software giant Microsoft's games division, in Seattle.

The politician intends to discuss investment opportunities for the company in Scotland.

Mr Wallace said: "For a small country, Scotland is clearly punching above its weight in computer games development."

He believes the country has an international reputation for excellence in the digital media arena.

"Scotland is home to a number of internationally known companies, such as Rockstar Games, Denki, Real Time Worlds and DMA Design, with several of the world's top selling computer games developed here," the minister said.

"Our excellent universities also have academic strength in games development.

"With its mix of skills, innovation and technology, Scotland is well placed to allow the vital digital media sector to thrive, and to become a world leader in this field."

The digital media and creative industries employ nearly 7% of Scotland's workforce.

They are worth about 5bn a year to the Scottish economy, or 4.5% of its GDP.

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