TIGA backs Digital Inspiration, a Strategy for Scotland’s Digital Media Industry

December 17th 2009

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today gave its backing to a Scottish Enterprise-funded report on the nation’s digital economy which recommends that the Scottish Government launch a pilot programme of tax breaks and fiscal benefits to support the Dundee games sector next year to boost its global competitiveness. The report, Digital Inspiration, a Strategy for Scotland’s Digital Media Industry, calls for greater recognition of Scotland’s digital media sector, better engagement with the industry, and greater national ambition for the sector.

Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:

“Now that HM Treasury has failed dismally to back the Scottish and indeed, the wider UK games industry with a Games Tax Relief in the Pre-Budget Report, it is even more important that the Scottish Parliament and Government take action to address this deficiency.

“TIGA will continue to campaign vigorously for a UK wide Games Tax Relief, more generous R&D tax credits and other fiscal measures to support our sector. In the meantime, we support Digital Inspiration and urge the Scottish Parliament and Government to back its key recommendations in respect of the video games industry.”

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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 outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

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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