For those who don’t know, TIGA is the trade association who represent the UK games industry. They’re the ones who try to ensure that we have a healthy market here in the UK, and they do that by trying to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sectors.
Following Theresa May triggering Article 50 yesterday, TIGA outlined what they plan to do to ensure that the UK industry it campaigns for and champions, will have the very best opportunities to continue to grow and succeed. There were five main things that they say they will do to try and achieve their goal:
- Campaign for the retention and improvement of both Video Games Tax Relief and the Research and Development Tax Credits to ensure that the UK has one of the most favourable tax regimes for the video games industry in the world.
- Campaign for the introduction of a Video Games Investment Fund to provide £ for £ match funding for original IP game projects to improve games businesses’ ability to access finance.
- Campaign to enable UK games companies to recruit highly skilled workers (Tier 1 and Tier 2 workers) from the EU and the wider world.
- Campaign for the establishment of a British Games Institute to drive the video games sector forward and to promote the cultural, creative and economic impact of video games in the UK.
- Accredit more video games degree courses to bring industry and higher education together and to ensure that more UK universities are providing games businesses with the skilled graduates that they need.
On the situation, Jason Kingsley OBE, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion, had this to say:
“Today is a historic day. Opportunities and risks lie ahead. It is now more important than ever to realise TIGA’s vision to make the UK the best place in the world for games development, games education and games service providers. If you share this vision and want to make it a reality, then contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, to discuss how you can get involved in our campaign (firstname.lastname@example.org ).”
If you’d like to learn more about TIGA, including what work they do and their position on Article 50, you can do so by visiting their website HERE.