28 May 2013 - London, United Kingdom – The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP and Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove, today met with games and creative companies during a visit to the office of NCSOFT Europe, Ukie members, in Brighton.
The Culture Secretary and Mr Weatherley took part in a roundtable discussion with senior figures from the games and creative industries: European Sales & Marketing Director of NCSOFT Sarah Rogers, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Mediatonic Dave Bailey, Chief Executive of Culture24 Jane Finnis, Founder and CEO of Brandwatch Giles Palmer, Managing Director of Lighthouse Miriam Randall, Artistic Director of Lighthouse Honor Harger, Managing Director Ricochet Joanna Ball and Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist.
Topics discussed included the government’s support for the creative industries and their key role in growing our economy and contributing to British culture.
Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “It's fantastic to have the support from the Secretary of State for Culture Maria Miller for the games and interactive entertainment industry. Her visit means that she recognises the leading role games and interactive entertainment play in culture, entertainment, the creative industries and IP creation. There are some fantastic companies based in Brighton, including many Ukie members, and we are pleased to see both Mike Weatherley MP for Hove and the Secretary of State here in Brighton listening to what they have to say.
“The technology and creative scenes have always collaborated closely in Brighton with companies readily embracing new ideas, leading to the production of culturally British creative content, including games. “
Mike Weatherley MP said: “Brighton and Hove have benefitted massively from the growing presence of the games and interactive entertainment industry in the last few years. I was delighted to have the chance to share this success story with the Secretary of State and to bring some local companies together to discuss what more the government can do to help the industry thrive for years to come.”
Dave Bailey, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Ukie member Mediatonic said: "Today's meeting with the Secretary of State was a great opportunity to show how the games industry contributes to the British economy and culture, as well as how it depends on and draws from a vast range of different skill sets and complementary industries. With the support from the Government our industry will continue to strengthen and companies like Mediatonic can compete on a global playing field."
Sarah Rogers, European Sales & Marketing Director of Ukie member NCSOFT said: “We were delighted to host the Secretary of State and Mike Weatherley MP and hear their support for this incredibly creative industry. It’s great to have the Secretary of State take a real interest in the sector and we look forward to working with her and other senior politicians to help make the UK an even better place for companies of all sizes to sell and make games.”
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or Ukie (pronounced YOU-KEY) is a trade body that aims to support, grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 2010 (although formerly known as ELSPA), Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and global games publishers and the best of UK development talent - from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful studios operating in the UK today.
We also have distributors, academic institutions, new publishers, and media outlets that are integral to the lifeblood of the industry as part of the family.
Ukie works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, access to finance 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.
We also offer a comprehensive events programme to give the games industry access to key information, leading industry figures and give everyone the chance to network. You can see our events programme here http://ukie.org.uk/events
In addition, Ukie compiles weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.