The Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented changes to markets, consumer behaviour and the way businesses operate, including those in the games industry.
Ukie is working closely with the Government to ensure that the needs of our sector are clearly understood, to provide critical support and assistance and to help shape a roadmap to a post-COVID recovery.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented change in the way businesses operate, including those in the games industry. That's why we've launched a survey so you can give us as clear a picture as possible about what's going on in the industry.
Why now and why should I fill it in?
It is essential that we find out the immediate, short-term impacts the situation is having on our industry, how you believe it may effect you in the mid to long-term and what measures you need from Government to support you as effectively as possible.
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.
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.
The government recently announced they are spending £1.9bn to retaliate against cybercrime in the UK. Cybercrime is a much more widespread problem than high profile DDoS or hacking cases we read about in the media. The National Crime Agency (NCA) estimates cybercrime cost on average each UK business £64K and most of these attacks, such as identity theft or fraudulent phishing scams, could have been prevented.
Ukie has partnered with the ICT sales tracking company CONTEXT to conduct an in-depth survey on attitudes and purchase intentions for Virtual Reality devices across gaming and non-gaming consumers in five EU countries, including the UK.
Creative Skillset workforce survey 2014 results
Creative Skillset have run a workforce survey across the creative media sectors. They collected information from over 4,800 people, and this year the great positive surprise is that there are more games respondents than ever before: 564 respondents for our sector (12% of all responses)!