In App Purchases: Italian authorities settle with platforms
£47 million in UK spend generated by Games Tax Relief in its first six months
The BFI have today released figures on games qualifying for Games Tax Relief in the UK. These are the first numbers to be made public since the relief became available on 1st April last year.
In the first six months of the tax relief, 32 games received final or interim certification, meaning that they qualify under the cultural test and can claim tax relief from HMRC. These games have a total spend in the UK of £47 million between them.
Mayor of London asks Ukie to investigate capital's digital skills needs
Ukie’s policy focus for the General Election
With the countdown to the election on 7 May having just passed 100 days, the world of politics is now laser-focused on campaigning. The political parties are finalising their manifestos, putting their battle plans into action, and spending every spare moment touring the marginal seats of the country.
In this heightened time, Ukie is focusing on maintaining our strong relationships with the most important policy-makers in each party and continuing to drive home the priorities we have set out over the past year.
Our CEO Dr Jo Twist spoke at last night's All Party Parliamentary Group
Ukie CEO Jo Twist spoke at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft and Design in Education yesterday - chaired by the Earl of Clancarty.
Presenting Ukie's work on skills and education to a packed room of MPs and educationalists, Jo said:
Completing the Digital Single Market: proposals set out by UK Government.
David Cameron’s office published "The UK Vision for the EU's Digital Economy" earlier this week. This is a set of proposals for finalising the EU Digital Single Market, which they say could create €250 billion in growth.
Creative industries reach record high : Ukie's Jo Twist responds
Today, government announced in an official release that the Creative Industries have reached a record high, worth £8.8m per hour to the UK economy.
Our CEO, Dr Jo Twist gave a statement regarding the figures:
George Osborne blocks further control on foreign graduates
After New Year lobbying by Sir James Dyson and the higher education community, plans mooted by the Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce further controls on foreign graduates are reported to have been "squashed" by Chancellor George Osborne.
HMRC publishes new guidance on EU VAT changes
The changes to VAT rules for cross-border sales in the EU that are coming into force on 1st January have been the source of a lot of recent debate, with widespread concerns over the effect they will have on small businesses making digital sales.
Scottish games companies: we need your help!
Do you have ideas for how Scotland should be helping its games industry to grow more quickly? Are there things about the way that bodies like Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise work with games companies that you think can be improved? You have a great chance to be heard, right now.