New research has revealed that Cambridge is the best UK city to live for gamers.
The research by SolitaireBliss studied data within UK cities to determine the best cities for gamers to live based on four categories: average download speed, gaming stores in the local area, local gaming culture, which was determined by local gaming events and companies per 100,000, and gaming job opportunities per 100,000 people within a ten mile radius.
The analysis revealed that Cambridge is the best UK city for gamers. It has the ninth highest average download speed, 98.95 Mbit(s), 35% higher than the national average. Cambridge has the third strongest local gaming culture, with the second highest number of gaming companies and third highest number of local gaming events per 100,000 people. The city also ranks third for gaming job opportunities in the UK with 126.72 gaming job opportunities per 100,000 people, the third highest in the UK after Wakefield and Salford, respectively.
Cambridge ranks high for gaming culture and employment, with 52.46 gaming companies per 100,000 people, the second highest in the nation behind Brighton, but missed out on second place for culture due to having less gaming events in the local area.
|Rank||City||Download speed rank||Gaming stores rank||Gaming culture rank||Gaming jobs rank|
|5||Kingston upon Hull||1||48||40||60|
Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson from SolitaireBliss said: “During 2020, 62% of UK adults played video games. Gaming is a huge industry that is enjoyed by people of all ages, and the UK has a reputation for producing some of the world’s biggest game developers. These findings highlight the best cities in the country for gamers to live. Cambridge made the top spot as it scored well across the board, with its residents receiving high download speeds and a rich local gaming culture thanks to its reputation and history as a centre of innovation for computing, which draws talent and companies alike to the city. Other cities in the UK could learn from Cambridge, who shows that gaming is not only just a hobby, but also a global digital industry that is growing each year.”