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
18 July 2016 - London, United Kingdom – Cubic Motion to sponsor award for best as yet unreleased UK game shown at this year’s expo in Cologne
Ukie has announced that the popular UK Game of the Show Award will return at gamescom 2016, on Ukie’s Great British Tea Party themed stand.
11 July 2016 - London, United Kingdom – Week of Westminster activity for trade body to reassure industry that the UK is the best place to make and sell games, and to position UK games sector at forefront of creative and technology industries post-Brexit talks
Games trade body Ukie held their annual Westminster Reception on Wednesday 6 July, during which CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE reminded the sector that the UK is ‘very much open for business’.
Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist awarded OBE
10 June 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Dr Jo Twist Awarded OBE for services to Creative Industries in 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours
Ukie is delighted to announce that its CEO, Dr Jo Twist, has been awarded an OBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the Creative Industries.
26 April 2015 - London, United Kingdom – UK Industry Stand at GDC expo generated a record breaking amount of business for UK companies. Ukie also announces gamescom 2017 packages and China Joy confirmed as part of its growing international trade programme.
Games trade body Ukie have announced that their UK stand at this year’s Games Developer Conference (GDC) has achieved a record-breaking £10.81m business for UK games companies - this is a significant year on year increase from business generated at the 2015 GDC stand.
13 April 2016 - London, United Kingdom – Team from Brunel University beat two times reigning champions Goldsmiths to take home Ukie Student Game Jam Trophy with their game, Lost in Babel. Marmalade’s Mike Barwise chosen as ‘Mentor of the Universe’.
31 March 2015 - London, United Kingdom - Games London and Square Enix Collective announced as sponsors. Top games industry names confirmed as student team mentors
Ukie have announced their annual Student Game Jam is returning on 4-5 April as part of the London Games Festival. Now in its third year, the Student Game Jam will see 20 teams from Ukie’s Student Membership across the UK battle it out over 36 hours to win the Student Game Jam trophy.
15 March 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse programme showcases computational thinking workshops and inspiring speakers at UK celebration of STEM subjects
Games trade body Ukie will be showcasing their range of computational thinking workshops run through the Digital Schoolhouse programme at the UK’s largest celebration of STEM subjects, the Big Bang Fair, from Wednesday 16 March to Saturday 19 March.
14 March 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Biggest ever UK Industry contingent flies out to leading games developer conference
09 March 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Games trade body submits nine proposals to the Treasury to support the growth of the UK games industry
Ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget announcement on 16 March, games trade body Ukie have put forward nine proposals to The Treasury which they would like to see implemented to further strengthen the UK games industry. The proposals expand on the five recommendations set out in Ukie’s Blueprint for Growth report, launched in November 2015.
11 February 2016 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie and MCV’s annual Market Data Valuation Day reveals impressive growth in UK games market, which has surpassed £4.1bn for the first time