'Minister for Video Games' visits Sports Interactive

(left to right) Jo Twist, Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister of State Ed Vaizey, Miles Jacobson

MPs Ed Vaizey and Justin Tomlinson visit Sports Interactive

Ed Vaizey, the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (or the Minister for Video Games, as we prefer to call him), joined me on a visit to Football Manager studio Sports Interactive on Tuesday.

We were also delighted to be joined by Justin Tomlinson MP, formerly the Chair of the Video Games APPG who was recently appointed as Ed's Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) and who was keen to show Ed the inner workings of the studio and the culture around the game.

Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at SI and a Ukie board member, gave a tour of the studio and a brief presentation on their past, present and future. He has expanded the team thanks in part to the Government's Skills Investment Fund and is hoping to reinvest any tax credit SI get back on FM. He showed a short clip too of their recently-released documentary An Alternative Reality: Football Manager the Documentary which premiered in Vue Cinemas across the country.

It was a great opportunity to discuss lots of important issues with Ed, and the conversation ranged across several, including the supply of skilled programmers; broadband infrastructure for remote workers; exports; work visas; and support to help games companies do more business overseas.

As always it was good to see our MPs' continued commitment to support the growth of our industry and as an important part of our culture and thank you to the SI team for their welcome.