Since December, we have been working hard behind the scenes alongside our international colleagues at ESA, ESA Canada, ISFE and IGEA to highlight our concerns to the World Health Organisation over their intention to include "Gaming Disorder" as a serious health condition in their current draft of the International Classification of Diseases. Last updated in 1990, the eleventh edition of the manual is due to be published in Summer 2018.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the Budget today, There was a big focus on tech and innovation but the biggest cheer of the afternoon was support to tackle the housing crisis.
UPDATE: Ukie welcome the formation of a minority government led by the Conservative Party. It is essential that the government now focusses on delivering the right deal in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and we look forward to working with them to achieve this.
What a night!
(Above: James Schall from Sega speaking at the Ukie Careers Bar at Rezzed 2014)
What the Spending Review 2015 means for games - reforms to exports, apprenticeships, public funding and broadband
What the Spending Review 2015 means for games - reforms to exports, apprenticeships, public funding, broadband
Chancellor George Osborne published the Comprehensive Spending Review today, setting out the government's spending plans for the next three years. As expected, the Chancellor outlined substantial reductions in public sector spending but alongside those several announcements were made which are important for the games industry:
Ukie Student Conference 'breaks down barriers' between education and industry
Staffordshire University opened the doors of their Epic Games Centre for the Second Annual Ukie Student Conference last week, in partnership with Epic Games, PlayStationFirst and Flix Interactive. Twenty-eight speakers from all areas of the games industry spoke to over 185 students from across the country, covering topics such as career paths, start-ups, game development, creative business thinking, PR, community management, game art and game audio, among many others.