The Chief Executive of TIGA, (the trade association representing the UK computer and video games industry) Dr. Richard Wilson has today (7 thOctober) met with the Secretary of State for Scotland, alongside the Labour MP for Dundee West, Jim McGovern, the SNP MSP for Dundee West, Joe Fitzpatrick and the Principal of Abertay University, Professor Bernard King CBE. The meeting took place to discuss supporting the Scottish games industry, including the number one priority of the introduction of Games Tax Relief.This meeting is less than a week before the Scottish Affairs Committee starts to take oral evidence on the contribution of the video games industry to the Scottish economy with Dr. Richard Wilson as its first witness.
Speaking after the meeting, Dr. Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA said:
“TIGA is committed to ensuring that the Scottish games industry continues to compete on the international stage. Scotland is a fantastic producer of video games and plays an important role in the success of the industry across the UK.
“We had a productive meeting where we put forward our views to the Secretary of State on how the Scottish games industry can be supported including the number one priority of introducing Games Tax Relief. This tax change remains vital in ensuring that the UK can compete with other countries who currently offer tax breaks, such as Canada.
“TIGA would like to pay tribute to Abertay University and its Principal, Professor Bernard King CBE, for the significant contribution they continually make to the video games sector. Furthermore, both Jim McGovern MP and Joe Fitzpatrick MSP have been excellent supporters of the video games industry and they continue to offer an invaluable contribution to pursuing the necessary regulatory changes to support the sector.”
Notes to editors:
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'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 Eva Field, TIGA PR Manager on: 07814 039 983, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .