The details of the proposals were published in Driving the Scottish Video Games Industry Forward: TIGA’s Manifesto for the Scottish Video Games Sector. TIGA called on Scotland’s political parties to set up a Creative Content Fund to finance new content development, measures to enhance access to finance, support skills development and to market Scotland aggressively as a good place to do games business.Dr. Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, commented:
“Now is the time for Scotland’s political parties to back the games industry. Our manifesto sets out the challenge on providing the policies that will enable the Scottish video games industry to thrive in the global market.
“The opportunity for jobs and growth in the games industry will be significantly affected by decisions made at Holyrood. In particular, measures to support new content creation, improve access to finance and support for workforce development will make a real impact on the future of the Scottish games industry. Additionally, the Scottish Parliament and Government should put real pressure on the UK Government to introduce Games Tax Relief and to continue to enhance the existing R&D tax credits.”
Notes to editors:
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 has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA is an Investors in People organisation.
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 Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on 07875939643: or email firstname.lastname@example.org ; or contact David Hodges on 02070911653