UKIE highlights battle against video games piracy on BBC’s Fake Britain

24 May 2011 - London, United Kingdom– BBC show features, video games trade body, UKIE’s IP crime unit in action and promotes the importance of protecting the video games industry’s intellectual property.

UKIE’s intellectual property crime unit has featured in this morning’s edition of BBC 1’s Fake Britain programme. The programme focused on the threat to the games industry from the illegal copying of games and the work that UKIE carries out to combat IP crime on behalf of the industry.

The programme follows UKIE’s IP crime unit as they undertake a raid on the house of an illegal game copier. It also features interviews with UKIE staff and Miles Jacobson, MD of games developer Sports Interactive.

The programme can be viewed at:

(23m 36s)

UKIE Chairman, Andy Payne said:“Those who produce and sell fake copies of games are profiting illegally and adding absolutely no value to the UK’s leading creative industry, indeed they are thieving from the makers and producers of games. UKIE has always been dedicated to fighting the illegal copying of games in all its forms. Whether this is through raiding producers of illegal physical copies, as shown in the programme, or through our online infringement investigations, UKIE will continue to combat theft on behalf of the wider industry.”

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About UKIE

The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.

UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.

One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.

In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.


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