New figures from HMRC published in July 2018, show that for the first time since its inception, over £100m in Video Games Tax Relief was paid out in the financial year 2017-18, with 345 claims receiving a combined total of £105m.
These figures mean that the total amount of VGTR paid out to date has nearly doubled from the previous year to reach £230m over 770 claims.
Number of claims and amount of VGTR paid - April 2015 to March 2018
The World Health Organisation has issued an updated version of their International Classification of Diseases, a diagnostic manual used by health care professionals throughout the world. ICD-11 includes a proposed definition of "gaming disorder" for the first time.
Games industry responds to WHO publication
In view of the publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) list, organisations representing games industry across the world have expressed their concern at the inclusion of Gaming Disorder, issuing a joint statement:
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Games industry visits 10 Downing Street.
Senior games and esport industry figures, including Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE, Ukie Chair, Noirin Carmody and representatives from PlayStation, ESL, SEGA, Team Dignitas, Ninja Theory, Media Molecule and more, attended a Creative Industries reception last night at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the Prime Minister.
In December the World Health Organisation signalled 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. Ukie have been working hard behind the scenes alongside our international colleagues at ESA, ESA Canada, ISFE and IGEA to challenge this intention.