Nottingham is set to become a global hub of video gaming after it was announced that the world’s first gaming cultural centre will open in the city.
The National Videogame Arcade in Hockley, scheduled to open in March 2015, will feature over 12000 objects relating to the diverse and lucrative industry of video gaming.
A gallery, exhibition space and educational facilities for children will also feature and over a dozen jobs will be created thanks to the new space.
The £2.5 million centre will open in what used to be the Connexions building in Carlton Street and covers five floors.
The venue is currently being used for this week’s GameCity and the festival will play an integral part in running the National Videogame Arcade.
GameCity festival director, Iain Simons, spoke about the significance of the new centre – which will lie in the heart of Hockley’s creative quarter:
The centre will also serve as a research and learning hub – helping to boost investment in the city as well as promoting careers in creative industries.
Support for the venue will come from creative industries education centre Confetti, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham Technology Grant Fund – on top of backing from the Science Museum in London.
Nick McDonald, councillor for jobs and growth, believes the venture will have a profound impact on the city for tourism, but more importantly, education.