Theresa May has announced a snap General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.
Member Blog: What will Brexit mean for European funding of the games industry?
by Osborne Clarke
Simon Neill (Competition, Partner), Ashley Morgan (Litigation, TKL) and Rebecca Malone (Competition, Associate).
More than six weeks on from the UK's EU referendum, uncertainty is still a defining feature of the economic and political climate. For the games industry, one of the major uncertainties is the status of European-based funding.
Chair of Ukie Andy Payne on board changes
Following our EGM on 15 May, Ukie Chair Andy Payne explains what was voted on, why, what the result means for the continued future of your trade body working hard on behalf of members and the sector at large.
The Art of Discovery...
Chair of Ukie, Andy Payne continues his look into the state of publishing with insight into how to plan ahead and get your game noticed
Want or need? This is something I often ask myself about many things that come up in my daily life, business or otherwise. So often we mix the two words up contextually. We all really do need to breathe, although we may think we just want to. Do I need a game or do I just want it? Indeed, does any games developer really need a publisher? No, but some may choose to wantto work with one.
Another quite week means the Top 3 are again unchanged with ‘Mortal Kombat X’ (-32%) taking its 3rd consecutive No1 crown. It needs one more week at the top to match the 4 week record set by Battlefield Hardline so far in 2015.Despite the lack of new releases the bank holiday weekend sees sales climb 6% across entertainment software.‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (+11%) remains at No2 and sees a slight boost in sales while ‘Battlefield Hardline’ (+0%) is static at No3.
Interview: Laura Kate Dale discusses her journey into the games media
Earlier this week, we caught up with Laura Kate Dale, Editor of Destructoid UK, about her experiences getting a job in the games industry, working as a games media professional and top tips for aspiring journalists.
What made you want to get into the games industry?
EA’s ‘Battlefield Hardline’ (-56%) claims a 4th consecutive crown as it stays just ahead of ‘FIFA 15’. (-8%) With little in the way of new releases familiar faces jostle for position in the Top 10 this week.‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (-39%) is down a place to No3 but remains comfortably ahead of Ubisoft’s ‘Far Cry 4’ (-44%).
Hollie Bennett: A day in the life of a social and community manager
Games lawyer and Ukie member Jas Purewal tells us what the new EU VAT rules mean for games companies.
This update was originally posted on the Purewal and Partners website.
What is happening?
From 1 January 2015, new EU tax rules will require value added tax (VAT) to be charged on digital content sales (like video games, apps, digital music and video) at the VAT rate of each EU country where its customers are based.