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
London, United Kingdom, 13th July 2010 - Today UKIE The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment welcomes the appointment of Director General, Michael Rawlinson, to the post of Vice Chairman of the Alliance Against IP Theft.
The Alliance Against IP Theft is a UK-based coalition of 20 associations and enforcement organisations with an interest in ensuring intellectual property rights receive the protection they need and deserve.
London, United Kingdom, 2nd July 2010 - Following a meeting of the UKIE board on Friday 9th July 2010, all those present unanimously agreed to positively support TIGA and UK developers’ desire to gain tax breaks for the production of qualifying videogames and interactive entertainment products. TIGA and UKIE will form a steering committee immediately which will consist of members of TIGA and UKIE and invited professional advisors in the areas of law, tax and public affairs.
London, United Kingdom, 7th July 2010 - Today UKIE, the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, welcomes the University of Glamorgan as its newest member, following the successful proposal to establish a Digital Games Content Laboratory (DIGiLab) at the University.
London, 2nd July 2010 – Today UKIE, The Association for UK Interative Entertainment, welcomes Gemma Hersh to its Public Affairs team as the Public Affairs and Policy Officer.
Gemma will take an active role in promoting the industry to the UK Government.
London, United Kingdom, 29th June 2010 - The UK is expanding its love of gaming and embracing the online space, according to new statistics released by The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) and the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE).
London, United Kingdom, 2nd June 2010 – Despite making a pre-election commitment towards tax breaks for the video games industry the Chancellor today announced that they are ‘poorly targeted’ and will be scrapped.
In response, Director General of UKIE, Michael Rawlinson said:
London, United Kingdom, 21st May 2010 – UKIE – The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment today announced the appointment of Kirsty Payne as the Director of the 2010 London Games Festival. In its fourth year the London Games Festival is a group of events to promote the games industry and make interactive entertainment a focus for media, consumers and the government.
UKIE warmly applauds the appointment of Ed Vaizey MP, as the new Minister for Culture in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Ed Vaizey is one of the few politicians to have shown a comprehensive understanding of the video games industry and the challenges we face. UKIE looks forward to working with the new Minister to ensure our industry continues to excel in the UK.
UKIE today applauded the appointment of the Secretaries of State for the departments of both Business and Culture, who hold joint responsibility for the videogames industry. Creative industries were cited by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives in the run up to the general election as providing a central role in creating a more balanced UK economy. The games industry therefore looks to work closely with the new government to ensure its continued success and firmly establish the importance of the creative sector in building a more secure economic future.
London, United Kingdom, 4th May - With polling day fast approaching, The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) today called on the Conservative Party to release their mini manifesto for creative industries and signal their support for the tax breaks announced last month and thus their support for the UK videogames industry.