Friday, 26 February 2010

New Reports Lay Out Future Of UK Gaming Industry

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, (NESTA) have published two reports today which examine and detail the level type of support UK video games developers need in order for them to remain leaders in the global gaming market.

Playing the Game is the first report which gives insights into the practical support that can be implemented to foster development and proficiency within young or struggling companies. The second, The Money Game looks at the finance side of things and what actions the industry should take if it does not receive the tax breaks it sorely needs. It gives logistics for directions that companies can take but it also issues a calling for policy makers to take responsibility for protecting an absolutely crucial sector of the UK’s economy.

Both reports are being discussed at an event in London today (Thurs 25th) with Ed Vaizey, MP, Shadow Culture Minister and key individuals from the video games sector. Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA’s Chief Executive, says:
“Through a blend of robust evidence and practical research we’ve worked with the sector to devise strategies that ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global video games development.”
Ed Vaizey MP had the following to say on the matter:
“The video games sector has a key role to play in the 21st century economy. Understanding how to convert creative talent into business success is essential if we are to realise the full potential of video games and the wider creative industries. I welcome this useful report and the insights it offers into how to do this.”
You can download the reports yourself on NESTA’s website.

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