University of Portsmouth joins Tiga

16th Sept 2008

Tiga is pleased to announce that the University of Portsmouth has joined Tiga as an educational affiliate member. The University’s Department of Creative Technologies continues to demonstrate its on-going commitment to closer industry liaison and relationship building to ensure curriculum development for all of their games course is relevant to the industries skill requirements.

Announcing University of Portsmouth Tiga membership, Joseph Cavalla Sector Manager for Technology&Innovation Research&Knowledge Transfer Services said:

“Joining Tiga is an essential part of continuing that strategy of facilitating and developing closer working relationships between academia and industry. We are delighted to become members of Tiga.”

Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga, said:

“The University of Portsmouth’s decision to join Tiga is excellent news. It provides the games industry and the University with the opportunity to develop courses that meet the needs of students and games developers. it will also facilitate greater knowledge sharing between Portsmouth University and the rest of the games industry. I am looking forward to working with the University over the months and years ahead.

“Tiga is committed to strengthening links between the video games industry and higher education. We have already established the Tiga Technology Group to facilitate knowledge sharing between developers, middleware providers, technology businesses and universities. Our future plans include mapping existing links between games businesses and education providers and disseminating the information in order to spread best practice. Building connections between games developers and universities is vitally important. Ultimately, it will enhance the competitiveness of the UK games development industry.”

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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 approximately 160 members, the majority of whom are games developers, but we also have outsourcing companies and technology businesses as members who provide services to games developers.

2. Tiga’s vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We work to achieve this goal in two ways. Firstly, Tiga aims to influence the Government, political parties, the media and other relevant stakeholders to introduce and support policies favourable to the video games industry. Secondly, Tiga provides a range of benefits and services which

serve to reduce costs, enhance commercial opportunities and strengthen the overall competitiveness of our members.

3. 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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