Internet Safety Strategy – an opportunity for games to lead the way
Last month, we joined forces with our sister trade associations from around the world to write a strongly worded letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO) raising our concerns over the move to include ‘gaming disorder’ in their revised manual, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP visits Space Ape’s studio to discuss the importance of staying open to talent and data flows
Last Friday, Ukie organised for Keir Starmer MP for Holborn & St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to visit Space Ape’s studio to discover a thriving business in his constituency, and gain an understanding of the games industry’s priorities for our forthcoming departure from the EU.
Today, we launched ‘Powering Up: manifesto for unlocking growth in the games industry’ which sets out our vision for how the next government could support the UK’s globally successful games sector.
The UK games sector is already world class but with the right policies and leadership in place it can truly become a world leader boosting exports, jobs and growth across the country. With a General Election called and manifestos underway, we believe it is a key moment for the next government to demonstrate how it will grow the economy through sectors like the games industry.
After 9 months of speculation following the June referendum, Article 50 has been triggered today, marking the start of two years of negotiations about what a post-EU Britain will look like.
During this time we have learnt a lot about what our industry is concerned about: access to global talent, data flows and uncertainty about future trading relationships have been all been raised as priority areas of concern, alongside the opportunities the coming negotiations present for the our creative tech sector in the UK.
Last Friday, Ukie organised for Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on data analytics, to visit Ninja Theory’s studio and discover their innovative real-time cinematography technology.
During the tour, Daniel gained first hand insight into the technological innovation, art and design involved in producing video games, and Ninja Theory’s pioneering use of performance capture in games.
Ukie launches new report 'The UK Games Industry's Priorities for the EU Negotiations' at Parliamentary Roundtable event
Yesterday, Ukie launched our new report ‘State of Play: The UK games industry’s priorities for the EU negotiations’, the culmination of four months’ of consultation with more than 70 games businesses via a UK-wide industry tour from Belfast to Dorking to Manchester, and an online evidence gathering, hearing the industry’s key concerns and opportunities presented by Brexit.
Today, Ukie attended the launch of the Government's long awaited Digital Strategy which sets out its intentions to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. The Government established its desire to ensure that the UK is the best place to start and grow a digital business, including games, which are highlighted in the Digital Strategy as an example of one of the UK's great strenghts along with FinTech and EdTech.
Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport Tom Watson experiences PlayStation VR World’s demo at Sony’s London Studio
On Wednesday, Ukie organised for Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport and Deputy Leader of the Labour party Tom Watson to visit Sony Interactive Entertainment’s London Studio, for a demo of Sony’s latest innovation, PlayStation VR.