27 March 2012 - London, United Kingdom – Games and interactive entertainment trade body, UKIE, is holding its inaugural Scottish Office event at Abertay University’s Hannah Maclure Centre in Dundee today.
The sold out event will give Scottish games businesses the chance to get expert advice on a range of topics. The event will however focus on explaining some of the funding opportunities available to interactive entertainment businesses and expert speakers will be covering venture capital, angel, prototype and crowd-funding opportunities plus the latest thinking on the recently announced video games tax breaks.
As well as supporting the Scottish games industry through its new Scottish office, UKIE also leads on the delivery of the Edinburgh Interactive festival - a wide-ranging conference that looks at emerging trends in the games industry and celebrates the strong tradition of Scottish digital innovation www.edinburghinteractive.co.uk.
UKIE CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “The Scottish video games industry is highly skilled and leads the way in producing innovative digital content. UKIE is therefore delighted to be further supporting interactive entertainment businesses in Scotland through the launch of our Scottish office.”
“We know that access to finance can be a barrier to growth for many Scottish games businesses and are delighted that our first UKIE Scotland Office event will give expert advice on the range of funding opportunities that are available for all interactive entertainment businesses – large or small.”
UKIE’s Chairman Andy Payne who will be presenting UKIE's recent report on crowd-funding, said: “We have seen the continued growth of the Scottish games industry in the last 20 years, fuelled by the creativity and talent of the country’s developers, designers and interactive entertainment companies.
As the trade body for the games and interactive entertainment businesses, it is our role to facilitate their growth and success. This event marks the first of many similar initiatives we hope to run for developers based in Scotland.”
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.
UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.