TIGA Celebrates its 10th Birthday

Dozens of companies, from the more than 150 that TIGA represent, are set to attend and among them will be founding members Jason Kingsley CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion and Philip Oliver CEO of Blitz Games Studios.

The anniversary coincides with another successful year for TIGA which saw the association awarded‘Trade Association of the Year 2010’ by the Trade Association Forum. As well as this, TIGA’s membership increased by 47 per cent and they were finalists in the category of‘Outstanding Organisation of the Year (SME)’ in the Chartered Management Institute’s Awards. TIGA also achieved Investors in People status - a standard obtained by just 1.3 per cent of all UK businesses.

TIGA is well renowned for its lobbying of Government. At the March 2011 Budget TIGA achieved an enhanced Small Firms R&D Tax Credit, worth around an additional£7 million to the UK video games industry per annum. They continue to lobby for Games Tax Relief that would increase employment, tax revenues and investment in the UK industry.

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, said:

“TIGA has made great progress over the last 10 years. We have strengthened the video games industry’s political influence; achieved high levels of positive coverage about the UK industry; and delivered new and improved services for our members.

“Our achievements are a testament to the work of all involved with TIGA. As our membership continues to increase rapidly, TIGA is consistently at the forefront of ensuring the industry has strong representation on issues affecting the video games sector. We look forward to championing the sector’s interests for many years to come.”

Jason Kingsley, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion, said:

 “TIGA’s first ten years have been a great success. When TIGA was set up, we wanted to provide an independent voice for developers to ensure their views were truly represented to politicians and the media. We have succeeded in that task.

“TIGA exists to serve its members’ interests. We are deeply honoured to have this responsibility. Over the next ten years TIGA will continually improve its processes, products and services to meet the needs of its expanding membership.“On behalf of the TIGA board, I would like to thank all of our members and friends for supporting TIGA.”

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Notes to editors:

About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. TIGA was awarded‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2010. TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA is an Investors in People organisation.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.  We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.  This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on 07875939643: or email richard.wilson@tiga.org; or contact David Hodges on 02070911653

 

 


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