UK trade body TIGA has released a new report that dedicates how the UK government could ensure continued growth for the British video games industry as the nation prepares to leave the EU.
The organisation has previously warned that ‘Brexit’ could have severe implications for games developers in terms of finance and access to skilled workers from the continent. Now those warnings have been formalised in the form of ‘Brexit: Priorities for the UK Video Games Industry’.
This 20-page report details a policy agenda that TIGA hopes the government will consider when going through the process of leaving the EU. Key inclusions range from the need for enhanced games tax relief and a favourable tax environment to ensuring that EU workers already based in the UK are protected in order to continue working.
Also covered are exports and trade agreements with the EU, IP protection, data protection, and an extension to the Skills Investment Fund.
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“We must all strive to ensure that the UK survives, revives and thrives outside of the EU,” said CEO Dr Richard Wilson. “The high technology and creative industries, including the video games sector, can power ahead in a post-Brexit world – provided that Government takes the right policy decisions and businesses rise to the challenge.
“TIGA’s Report sets out a practical, pragmatic and positive agenda for ensuring the UK games sector is a leading player in an industry that is predicted to be worth almost $100 billion by 2018. If the UK creates a favourable tax environment with an enhanced Games Tax Relief and R&D Tax Credit, increases availability of finance and improves access to talent, then the UK video games industry has everything to play for.”