Ukie talks to MPs about Games and Mental Health
It’s been an incredible year for what BAFTA have coined “Games Beyond Entertainment”. These games take the power of play and create compelling, immersive experiences that can educate and move their players, start conversations about challenging and delicate subjects, and even collect data for scientific research. On Wednesday afternoon, these games inspired a fantastic session between games industry creators, mental health professionals and seven cross-party MPs.
The Migration Advisory Committee has today published an interim report collating the responses received following their October 2017 consultation. They have published the responses submitted by companies across the country across all sectors, from health, to manufacturing, to the creative and technology industries.
The UK's Industrial Strategy takes its early first steps
The Government today published its Industrial Strategy White Paper which lays out some early headlines, programmes and ambitions which it hopes will help build a modern economy fit for the future.
Government publishes guidance on plans for EU citizens
The Home Office has today released some guidance that it has sent to the European Commission as part of its negotiations which sets out how it intends to support EU citizens currently in the UK through a new streamlined registration system post-Brexit.
The European Commission have confirmed that the tax relief for the production of video games in the UK has been re-notified until at least 2023.
Notification is required according to the EU State Aid laws to ensure that any measures introduced to support businesses are not anti-competitive in Member States.
This is fantastic news providing some much-needed confidence to the UK games sector and maintaining a key competitive advantage for UK based studios.
The Government's Internet Safety Strategy and how we can balance protection with fun.
Today the Government published their Green Paper on their Internet Safety Strategy. It was a Conservative manifesto commitment to "make Britain is the safest place in the world to be online".
Ukie sets out four key asks for the Autumn Budget
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond announced last Autumn that the Government would be moving to a single fiscal event each year, doing away with the familiar twice yearly event. The move was welcomed by business groups and economists for helping to promote more certainty and stability.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP visits Space Ape’s studio to discuss the importance of staying open to talent and data flows
Last Friday, Ukie organised for Keir Starmer MP for Holborn & St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to visit Space Ape’s studio to discover a thriving business in his constituency, and gain an understanding of the games industry’s priorities for our forthcoming departure from the EU.
This morning, the Queen delivered her 64th speech in the first ‘dressed down’ State Opening of Parliament since March 1974.
It began with the issue that will unsurprisingly dominate parliamentary business over the next two years: the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Of the combined 27 bills and draft bills that were introduced, eight separate pieces of legislation relate to our forthcoming departure from the EU including: