Tiga talks to the Tories

26th September 2008

Tiga will be attending this week’s Conservative Party Conference to highlight the issues facing the UK video games industry with Opposition MPs and activists. Tiga is supporting the Northwest Regional Development Agency’s (NWRDA) fringe event,‘Celebrating the Gaming Industry’, on Sunday 28th September in the Halcyon Gallery, ICC, Birmingham. Ed Vaizey MP, Conservative Shadow Culture Minister, Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga, and Iain Bennett, Sector Leader, Digital and Creative Industries at the NWRDA, will be speaking at the event. This is the first time that Tiga has taken part in a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference.

Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga, said:

“I am delighted to have the chance to fly the flag for the UK video games industry at the Conservative Party Conference. The more that politicians understand the successes and challenges facing the video games industry, the more likely it is that we will be able to influence policy to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.

“I would like to thank the Northwest Regional Development Agency for organising the fringe event‘Celebrating the Gaming Industry’ at the Conservative Party Conference and for working with Tiga to raise the salience of our industry with Conservative MPs and activists.”

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Notes to editors:

1. Tiga is the national trade association that represents games developers in the UK and in Europe. We have 157 members, the majority of whom are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have outsourcing companies, technology businesses and university departments that are members.

2. 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.

3.‘Celebrating the Gaming Industry’ takes place on Sunday 28th September at the Halcyon Gallery, ICC, Birmingham, starting at 7.30 p.m.

4. For further information, please contact: Dr Richard Wilson, Tiga CEO on: 0845 0941095; Mob: 07875 939643; or: Email: richard.wilson@tiga.org.


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