What’s big, bright and was worth £5.11bn in 2017?... Interactive entertainment in the UK.
The focus of national days can vary from baked beans to celebrated three-day bank holiday weekends. They come and they go, but some are dearer to us than others. National Video Games Day brings feeling of excitement in the air at Ukie, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to shout about what makes this sector so great. Every day we see the innovative work the UK games sector achieves in the name of creating games, but sometimes we forget to realise that not everyone notices.
This morning, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) released its immigration report Open and controlled – a new approach to immigration after Brexit. As a CBI member, Ukie has been very vocal about the need for reform of the immigration system to support the ease of movement, especially considering Brexit. The report comes as a step in the right direction for this, and we’re glad to have contributed to the process.
Luke Thomas, Plus accounting’s lead accountant and tax advisor has created a series of comprehensive 'gamer guides' to provide an insight into key areas affecting the sector. They provide clear guidance on issues relating to both accounting and tax, together with information on topics relating to the industry i.e. Video Games Tax Relief.
We’re really proud that our CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE, has been appointed as the new Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee. She succeeds Nick Button-Brown, Interim COO at Sensible Object, who held the post for a two-year term and did an excellent job doing so.
Hosted at London South Bank University the Ukie Student conference saw exclusive talks and workshops run by industry insiders.
Talks from influential industry names, touching on topics such as creative game design, business models, PR and how to build a career in the games industry were held throughout the day.
The event was generously supported by Jagex and Epic Games and was part of the London Games Festival.
Selected talks are available to view below:
Catch all the highlights and talks from the Ukie Hub Crawl
What was the hub crawl?
The Hub Crawl 2018 was a series of free events, located all around the UK, that brought games businesses together to hear and share the latest thinking on business growth. Each event featured a series of short, informative sessions from industry experts in key areas such as finance, marketing and technology and these were followed by a games panel featuring companies from the local area. The content was different at each event.
Ukie Hotline runs until the 25th of May.
Here at Ukie we're always looking at new and exciting ways to help our members. As such, we're excited to announce our first ever Ukie Hotline event which will take place over a two week period in May. Each day will see a different partner take to the phone to answer your questions.
Ukie Hotline: Ian Hamilton discusses game accessibility
With game developers trying to make their creations accessible to as many people as possible, but with many either not knowing where to start or how to carry it out practically. Ukie has enlisted the help of Ian Hamilton to answer any and all questions our members may have on the 17th of May from 2-5pm on the matter.
Ukie hotline: Stefano Petrullo discusses PR
PR and gaming go hand in hand, with strategies almost being as crucial as the creation itself, having an understanding in today’s climate of PR strategy is essential, no matter the size of your company. In light of this, Industry veteran Stefano Petrullo founded Renaissance PR, to provide a unique non-formulaic approach to public relations, which has gone on to be nominated for several awards, winning TMT News’ Best PR Gaming Professional in 2016.