On Wednesday, Ukie organised for Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport and Deputy Leader of the Labour party Tom Watson to visit Sony Interactive Entertainment’s London Studio, for a demo of Sony’s latest innovation, PlayStation VR.
During the tour, Tom gained first hand insight into the many high-skilled roles that fuel the games industry and heard how these leading technical and creative skills are transferable and highly sought after across sectors. Tara Saunders, Head of Studio Operations at London Studio, discussed the need to highlight games development as a viable career and develop core technology and creative skills earlier on. In part of growing the London Studio for future titles Tara has emphasised how important it is to attract top, diverse, worldwide talent.
Ukie Video Games Ambassador and Senior Academic Development Manager at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Luke Savage, highlighted the ongoing initiatives in the games industry to grow our domestic talent pipeline and encourage increasing diversity, including the Digital Schoolhouse programme powered by PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s work with the Prince’s Trust.
We welcome Tom Watson’s ongoing support for the games industry as an ever-expanding part of the UK’s creative industries sector, and interest in what we need secured in the forthcoming EU negotiations in order to remain a global success story.