TIGA Welcomes Prime Ministers Comments on the UK Video Games Industry

February 23, 2010

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today welcomed the positive comments made by Prime Minster Gordon Brown at the Global Investment Conference in London regarding the UK video games industry.

During the conference, taking place in London this week, Brown stated the nation's video games developers are by far the biggest producer of computer games in Europe" and that he would seek "new commitments of investment" into the sector.1

Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO stated: We warmly welcome Prime Minster Gordon Browns comments and urge him to act quickly to introduce a Games Tax Relief as outlined by TIGA2, for the UK games development industry in the coming Budget.

TIGA has made repeated representations to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and to HM Treasury, setting out the case for Games Tax Relief. We hope that the support of the Prime Minister will ensure a commitment by theGovernment to the introduction of Games Tax Relief and so guarantee that the UK video games industry remains world leading.

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About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UKs 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.

1 Source Develop Magazine http://www.develop-online.net/news/33965/Brown-back-on-game-charm-offensive

2 View TIGAs Pre Budget Report Submission here http://www.tiga.org/News/TIGAs-Pre-Budget-Report-Submission.aspx


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