TIGA welcomes Scottish inquiry into the video games industry

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK computer and video game industry, has welcomed the announcement that the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee will hold an inquiry into the contribution of the video games industry to the Scottish economy.

Speaking after the inquiry was announced, Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA said:“TIGA are delighted by the news of an inquiry. Scotland is a fantastic producer of video games and plays an important role in the success of the industry across the UK. The fact that the Committee has chosen to examine the computer and video games sector demonstrates the industry’s significance and its importance to the future growth of the Scottish economy. TIGA look forward to submitting written evidence to the inquiry, and we would welcome to opportunity to provide oral evidence.”

The Committee, chaired by Ian Davidson MP, and made up of MPs from all major parties, has agreed to examine:

    <*>The contribution made by the Scottish video games industry to both the Scottish and UK economy. <*>What consultation was held by the UK Government with the industry before the decision was made to abolish a Game Tax Relief <*>The level of tax breaks or incentives offered in competitor countries <*>What potential impact the decision to abolish Games Tax Relief will make on the video games industry in Scotland <*>Alternative financial incentives for the 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 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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