Ukie launches new report 'The UK Games Industry's Priorities for the EU Negotiations' at Parliamentary Roundtable event
Yesterday, Ukie launched our new report ‘State of Play: The UK games industry’s priorities for the EU negotiations’, the culmination of four months’ of consultation with more than 70 games businesses via a UK-wide industry tour from Belfast to Dorking to Manchester, and an online evidence gathering, hearing the industry’s key concerns and opportunities presented by Brexit.
The Digital Schoolhouse, powered by PlayStation, has kicked off the UK's first inter-school esports competition, which will see over 400 secondary and sixth form students from Digital Schoolhouses across the country competing in teams to become the winner of the first ever DSH esports tournament.
This week, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much-anticipated Brexit speech, which, seven months after the referendum result, finally provided some clarity on what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ truly means.
In those months, Ukie has been consulting intensively with the sector through our working groups and via surveys, and feeding those results directly to government, and ensuring the concerns of interactive entertainment are heard in papers submitted to government. It is a critical time to make sure we are front and centre of a future proof Industrial Strategy.
By Des Gayle, founder of Altered Gene
The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement today, one of the occasions each year where the government makes major spending announcements.
Ukie wrote to the Chancellor earlier this month, setting out seven recommendations, centring around the games sector's access to public funding, skills and talent development, and trade and investment.
Announcing a renewed push to remove barriers to innovation and employment, Business Secretary Sajid Javid today revealed two new consultations:
- A public survey asking for views on what the government should include in its new Innovation Plan; and
- An upcoming call for evidence on whether "non-compete clauses" in employment contracts are stifling entrepreneurship
Making the announcement, the Business Secretary said: