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A Westminster Hall Debate was held in Parliament today, looking at Government support for the UK software industry. UKIE was approached by Mike Weatherley MP who kindly offered to speak on our behalf, focusing on what the Government can do to protect IP and encourage original IP creation. Mr Weatherley also urged the Government to engage with UKIE on IP tax, R&D tax relief, and proposals for a patent box (a formal consultation is expected shortly).
The Digital Economy Act entered the UK statute books on 9 April this year, but the most important operational provisions that most affect our industry are due to come into effect in 2011. This includes: the formal adoption of the PEGI age ratings system in the UK (due in April 2011); and the protection of the UK’s creative industries from online piracy (due Summer 2011).
On 4 and 5 November, PEGI S.A. held its first international PEGI Congress in Malta. Representatives of the different PEGI committees, videogame publishers, parent associations, government representatives, international rating organisations and academic researchers participated in two days of interactive sessions to discuss the status of the PEGI age rating system today and in the future.
Ed Vaizey supports London Games Festival
Creative Industries Minister, Ed Vaizey helped draw a close to the London Games Festival last night, speaking to industry leaders at the London Games Conference.
"I'm pleased to have been able to take part in this year's London Games Festival and show my support," said Mr Vaizey. "The games industry is hugely successful economically but I also want it to be recognised for its positive influence, its creativity and innovation and cultural contribution."
Microsoft’s ‘Fable III’ begins life at the top of the All Formats Chart this week, deposing ‘Fallout: New Vegas’, which slips to No3. The highly anticipated sequel from UK developer Lionhead Studios outsells the launch week of ‘Fable II’ making it the 13th biggest Xbox 360 launch ever and the 4th biggest Xbox 360 launch of 2010. It is Microsoft’s 3rd All Formats No1 so far in 2010 (after Crackdown 2 and Halo: Reach). There was only 1 Microsoft title last year that reached No1 in the All Formats Chart (Halo 3: ODST).
Following on from last year’s success as ELSPA, a rebranded UKIE flew the flag for the interactive entertainment industry during party conference season this year. With an award-winning stand (at Labour Party Conference), MPs were invited to take part in a Wii Archery competition at all three main party conferences.
The Government today announced the results of it review of non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) - often referred to as a quangos, with 192 to be scraped. Some are to be abolished while others will be merged or see their functions carried out by Government or other organisations. Below is a round-up of changes to quangos relevant to the UK interactive entertainment industry:
UKIE’s Director General calls for a united interactive entertainment industry to work more closely together
1 September 2010 – Speaking at today’s Digital Spark Conference at Abertay University in Dundee, Michael Rawlinson, Director General at UKIE, called for the videogames and wider interactive industry to join together and look at new ways of working together.
Speaking to an audience of senior figures from the videogames sector and other intellectual property businesses including Sony, Nokia and Google, Michael highlighted the fast changing pace of the videogames and wider interactive entertainment industry.
London, United Kingdom 23 August 2010 – Today UKIE, The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, welcomes Daniel Wood as its new Communications and Public Affairs Manager.
As ELSPA transitions to The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) Daniel will play a vital role in communicating to its members, policy makers, the general public and the wider media.
London, United Kingdom 28th July 2010 – The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) today expressed their support of the High Court’s judgement as it outlawed the importation, advertisement and sale of R4 and similar devices cards in the UK. The Court ruled against Playables Limited and defendant Wai Dat Chan, rejecting their claim that the R4 is legal as it allows the use of ‘homebrew’ applications.