Gaming is seriously big business in 2018. About half of the UK population plays games, according to the trade association UKIE, spending $4.2 billion (£3.16 billion) in 2017. This makes the UK the fifth biggest gaming market in the world.
Blockbuster games like the latest versions of Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Final Fantasy cost anywhere from $100 million (£75 million) to $140 million (£105 million) to develop, with marketing spending often doubling those budgets.
However, you don’t need endless pots of cash (or heaps of programming knowledge) to start building your own games. In fact, there are a number of engines, tools and platforms out there that let you get started and tinker around for free or at a very low cost. Here are a few of our top picks.