Ukie launches post-Brexit industry consultation

Ukie launches post-Brexit industry consultation

UK video games trade body Ukie has announced an industry-wide consultation to see how the region's industry can grow in a post-Brexit world.

Announced at yesterday's Westminister Summer Reception, the endeavour will see the organisation speaking with games companies from across the UK and seeking insight as to what the sector needs from Government to continue its growth.

This follows 2015's Blueprint for Growth report and State of Play from 2016.

“We have been extremely active in presenting all the evidence-based policy recommendations to Government possible over the last two years and look forward to clarity and certainty in the next few months from Government regarding how we do global, friction free business after we leave the EU," Ukie chief Dr Jo Twist OBE (pictured) said.

"This consultation is a necessary step to achieve a united and strong voice for and by the industry in all its diversity. As the fifth largest games market in the world, and globally respected for our creativity and innovation, we need to keep pace as the industry continues to grow globally.

“Last year’s State of Play EU report showed that 61 per cent of games businesses in the UK rely on international talent and although the industry plays a strong role in helping to shape the homegrown skills we need, it is the diversity of perspectives and experience, as a global industry, that will drive our innovation, creativity and success. So, we need clarity on what new immigration system will be in place very soon in order to offer companies confidence.”

Margot James MP, the Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport added: “The UK games industry is at the heart of our creative industries, combining arts and culture with science and technology and delivering compelling interactive experiences to a global audience. The Government is committed to supporting this sector, through initiatives such as the Video Games Tax Relief, the UK Games fund and we now look forward to further developing this partnership as we deliver the Creative Industries Sector Deal.”

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