Launched today, Ukie's 'Playing On' report shows the UK games sector has risen to the challenges raised by the current pandemic, rapidly adapting to new ways of working and maintaining very high levels of productivity throughout difficult circumstances, without over-reliance on governmental and public funds for support.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the first Budget of the current government yesterday, announcing levels of investment spending not usually expected of a Conservative government and a £30bn package to protect the economy and businesses from the ongoing COVID19 outbreak. As expected, regional development was placed at the heart of the Budget, with ambitious commitments made from investing in infrastructure, to changing the very operations of the Treasury in order to benefit regions outside of London more.
Blog updated on Monday 9th September, 3pm:
Following the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)'s recommendations, the Home Office has confirmed today that the shortage occupation list will be expanded.
The Immigration Rules have been amended accordingly to accomodate the recommendations placed forth by the MAC earlier this year, putting the changes into law.
Ukie would like to thank the 35 games businesses who helped us shape our submission to the MAC.
Today Ukie is launching a flash campaign calling upon all game players to register to vote.
The next major election will be on May 23rd, where UK voters will be able to elect Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to represent their views on the European stage.
Ukie's No Deal Brexit Survival Signposting Guide
Last update: 10/10/2019
With Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister and no deal preparations increasing, there is a higher chance that the UK will leave the EU without a deal on the 31st of October.
Though we strongly believe that no-deal should be categorically ruled out as an option – and that most members of Parliament have indicated that it is an undesirable option - we understand that businesses must make preparations for all eventualities.
Defeat on the Brexit Deal and a slim victory for PM: Ukie Statement
Right from the start, we have called for clarity and certainty over business arrangements after we leave the EU. After the Government’s defeat on the Brexit deal and subsequent slim victory in the vote of confidence in Parliament this week the threat of a No-Deal still remains and should be categorically ruled out as an option.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, a cross party group of influential MPs, have launched a new inquiry into ‘immersive and addictive technologies’. The inquiry seeks to examine the development of immersive technologies, such as Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR respectively), and the potential impact they could have in the worlds of sport, entertainment and news.
More concerning is that how the inquiry also seeks to investigate the ‘addictive nature”' of ‘some technologies’ and how they can affect “users’ engagement with gaming and social media”.
With Brexit and the impending end to freedom of movement, skills shortages in the games industry are a key concern now more than ever. There are numerous occupations in the sector struggling to be filled. Long-term, we strongly believe in investing in the domestic workforce and equipping people with the relevant digital skills to help the UK games industry grow. But in the short to medium term, getting the right international talent is absolutely crucial.
On Thursday 1st of November 2018, the APPG for Video Games held their AGM.
The AGM commenced with a discussion about the group members roles with Alex Sobel MP taking over from Sharon Hodgson MP as chair and Daniel Zeichner MP, Matt Western Ed Vaizey MP, Scott Mann MP, Sharon Hodgson MP, Chris Law MP and Lord Clement-Jones all agreeing to serve the group as Vice Chairs. The group then explored the topics they’d like to cover over the next 12 months with esports, music, inclusivity and growth all featuring.
We were not expecting a great deal ahead of today's Budget, with a lot pre-announced at the recent Party Conference and over the following weeks. Indeed, The Chancellor even made a series of “jokes” relating to a business rate relief for public lavatories concluding “At least this is the only announcement that has not leaked”.