Ukie makes case for games to Parliament
Ukie today gave evidence on behalf of the video games industry to the Parliamentary Select Committee for Business, Innovation and Skills, currently conducting an inquiry into the digital economy.
Ukie CEO Jo Twist set out the conclusions of the Blueprint for Growth - that the next five years is crucial for games industry growth in the UK – the sector is already world-class but it can truly be a world-beater and boost exports, jobs and growth across the country with the right support.
Evidence to the Committee included:
- Need for accurate data to capture the growth of the industry
- New public investment for games
- Giving a clearer mandate to support games in games cluster LEPs
- Ensuring Apprenticeship Levy is flexible enough for games industry
- Talent needs like investing in creative computing teaching and avoiding the additional Immigration Skills Charge
- Extending Video Games Tax Relief
- Concern about Digital Single Market proposals
Lawmakers probed Jo and co- evidence-givers Chris Van der Kuyl (4J Studios) and Philip Oliver (Radiant Worlds) on access to finance, talent shortages and support for games clusters outside fo London.
Watch a video of the session below or on the Parliament Live website.