The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or Ukie (pronounced YOU-KEY) is a trade body that aims to support, grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 2010 (although formerly known as ELSPA), Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and global games publishers and the best of UK development talent - from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful studios operating in the UK today.
Ukie works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, access to finance and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
One of Ukie’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
We also offer comprehensive events programme to give the games industry access to key information, leading industry figures and give everyone the chance to network. You can see our events programme here.
In addition, Ukie compiles weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.
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Latest press releases
05 January 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie will bring a new event focussed on supporting business growth to Leamington, Leeds, Brighton and London over the next six weeks
As part of their commitment to supporting games businesses across the UK, Ukie have partnered with leading cloud computing company SoftLayer for a new free regional roadshow.
21 January 2016 - London, United Kingdom – UK games trade body agrees deal with leading user research company to provide new player experience reports
Industry-leading playtesting and user research specialists Player Research are introducing a series of new reports focussing on usability and player experience. Ukie have been appointed exclusive seller and distributor of these reports.
19 January 2016 - London, United Kingdom - £1.2m investment to help make London the world’s games capital
- Ukie and Film London launch ‘Games London’ to promote the UK’s wider games sector and make London the world’s games capital
- Mayor of London features in Minecraft, launching new initiative with £1.2m investment from the London Enterprise Panel
- London Games Festival, a major new consumer, cultural and business event for the global industry, to take place from 1-10 April 2016
03 December 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie agrees deals to provide data to UK games companies
Games trade body Ukie has today announced agreements with leading data companies to support games businesses with bespoke data on the digital games market in the UK.
01 December 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Games trade body want to see new tech teaching in every games cluster says CEO at Intel’s 2015 Education Summit
Play-based learning can help inspire a new generation of coders from an early age, says video games body Ukie, and new ‘Digital Schoolhouse’ hubs supporting new teaching techniques should be established in every tech cluster in the country.
03 November 2015 - London, United Kingdom – The Blueprint for Growth report, commissioned by Ukie, sets out recommendations that will grow the UK games industry by £1bn by 2020
A new report, commissioned by games trade body Ukie, launches at a high-level Parliament event today. The Blueprint for Growth report sets out a series of recommendations for the decision makers in UK parliament that will see the industry grow by an estimated £1bn by 2020.
06 October 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Epic Games and Flix Interactive to sponsor Ukie’s second annual Student Conference. Over 20 top UK games businesses confirmed to speak.
Ukie’s free one-day conference will take place on Wed 21 October and will take over the University’s games campus. The conference will bring together over 200 students to hear from leading games industry professionals, to give advice and support to those wanting to enter different professions in the sector.
24 September 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Four new Board members elected and departure of Andy Payne as Chair leads to change in Board executive positions
Ukie has formally announced the results of their board elections at the trade body’s AGM at EGX. Four new faces have joined the board, and two existing members have been re-elected. Noirin Carmody, COO and Co-Founder of Revolution Software, replaces Andy Payne as the new Chair of the Ukie board, who has stepped down after 10 years in the role.
23 September 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie’s 2015 member survey results indicate UK games businesses are confident of future growth in a global market place
Michael French appointed to lead major project promoting London, UK as world-leading games destination
Friday 4 September 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie and Film London lead new initiative to promote UK’s generous Games Tax Relief, position London as a global games cluster and benefit wider UK games industry.