TIGA and ELSPA form Steering Committee for Games Tax Relief Campaign

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry,today announced that TIGA and ELSPA will form a steering committee immediately which will consist of members of TIGA, ELSPA and invited professional advisors in the areas of law, tax and public affairs. The steering committee will be lead by TIGA.

The aim of the steering committee will address the issue of why the Coalition Government withdrew the provision for Games Tax Relief in the Emergency Budget. It will also review TIGA’s original submission for Games Tax Relief with a view to further enhancing the arguments, evidence and justification for the Government to provide a tax break for the sector.

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA said:

“The UK video games industry is an industry of the future. It is an export oriented, high-tech, high skills, revenue generating industry. The games industry and policymakers know that the UK does not operate on a level playing field and we are seeing jobs and investment move abroad to countries that offer specific games tax breaks. TIGA is committed to getting Games Tax Relief introduced in the UK.”

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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'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 eva@tiga.org.


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