HAVE YOUR SAY: High skill visa restrictions announced
The Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – a semi-independent body set up to advise on immigration policy – is considering several new measures to bring net migration under 100,000 annually, as proposed in Conservative manifestos. We would like your opinion on how these could impact the games industry.
The proposals are focused on the Tier 2 general visa, which enables UK businesses to employ skilled migrants from outside of the European Economic Area.
New government's programme announced
Action on red tape, immigration, childcare and personal taxation has been announced today in the Queen’s Speech.
The speech, which marked the formal opening of the new Parliament and sets out the new Conservative government’s agenda for the next year, included some fundamental reforms that will affect all UK businesses, including those in the games industry.
A new Programmer Internship has popped up from Team 17:
Three Video Game Ambassadors share their experiences of working in the games industry
Scottish Parliament calls for national strategy for games
The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament have today published a report, "The Economic impact of the film, TV and video games industries", which calls for a strategic review of support for the games industry in Scotland, as Ukie had previously proposed.
Shadow Creative Industries Minister meets Cambridge games companies
Ukie took senior Labour party MP Chris Bryant, to meet companies from Cambridge’s exciting games cluster last week.
The event was kindly hosted by Jagex, who gave Chris a tour of their studio and talked him through the history and future of their company, as well as the many different creative processes that go into making a game.
Rocksteady studio encourages local youngsters to build the career of their dreams
"Don't spend a lifetime running away from what you're good at" was the message from artist Glen Saberton from Rocksteady Studios as he addressed primary schoolchildren from inner city schools in Camden yesterday as part of a new careers initiative backed by Camden council.
Ukie welcomes support for games in the Budget
Today’s Budget saw George Osborne announce the revival of the Prototype Fund, with £4m provided over the next four years, as well as £4m for the Skills Investment Fund.
We are now going through the finer detail of how the Prototype Fund in particular might work (such as which body will administer it) and more news on that soon.
This is what I had to say about the announcements...
Ukie partners with BAFTA at Rezzed for Careers Genius Bar
We are partnering with BAFTA at this years Rezzed to present the "BAFTA and Ukie Careers Genius Bar" on the GamesIndustry Fair. The bar will feature development-focused talks like programming art and design from BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Sophia George, William Pugh and Daniel Gray. We will also be hosting talks from the publishing side of the games sector, covering community management, marketing, PR and more from Ukie Video Games Ambassadors at Sony, Nintendo, GameSpot and SEGA.
Mayor of London asks Ukie to investigate capital's digital skills needs