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A tribute to Mike Rawlinson

UKIE announced last week that director general Michael Rawlinson has decided to leave the organisation, after almost 12 years there. Rawlinson spent his last two years at the trade body – originally named ELSPA – as director general. And during his time in this role he has significantly raised the …

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UKIE calls for video game ambassadors scheme

Trade body UKIE wants members of the games industry to become role models to young people and encourage them to start a career in games. UKIE has teamed with STEMNET – the organisation that promotes science, tech, engineering and maths to students – to introduce a Video Games Ambassadors scheme. …

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OPINION: Supporting Britain’s game creators

The UK has a heritage in developing video games that we can be very proud of. However, if we are to continue to produce world-class interactive entertainment, we need to ensure that the small and medium-sized businesses that make up so much of the UK’s games industry have the right …

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BBC returns to games addiction

Listeners to BBC Radio 5Live this morning have heard the broadcaster’s return to the touchy subject of alleged video games addiction. The surprise report comes as the result of advice from government childhood safety advisor John Carr who has called for schools to educate kids about safe video gaming. Last …

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UKIE: A year to remember

2010 will be remembered as a tough but successful year for the video game industry. It was the year that saw casual and online games played through social networks emerge from boxed products’ still large shadow as key forms of interactive entertainment. It seemed everyone was playing Angry Birds at …

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UKIE ready for Panorama

Ahead of Panorama’s ‘Addicted to Games?’ broadcast next Monday, video games trade body UKIE has highlighted the lack of any scientific evidence linking video games to addiction. There is no official medical diagnosis of video game addiction, either from the American Medical Association or the World Health Organization,” director general …

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ELSPA outlines policy manifesto

National financial support, age ratings, IP theft, skills, broadband – these are the areas that ELSPA will focus its efforts on as it outlines its lobbying intentions for the duration of the next Parliament. During the last Parliament, ELSPA made great strides in getting the games industry recognised and respected …

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Rawlinson talks UKIE

Rebranding ELSPA to the newer, more accessible UK Interactive Entertainment Association ‘reflects the evolving nature of the industry’ according to director general Michael Rawlinson. The UK games industry trade association last week confirmed it will rebrand this summer after 20 years as ELSPA. We’ve got to move with this world …

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UK tax breaks ELSPA responds

The importance of the UK video games industry is at last being recognised – that’s the conclusion of trade body ELSPA in light of the Government’s pledge to support the UK games industry with tax breaks. The organisation has also pledged to continue working with the government during the scheduled …

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ELSPA applauds Digital Economy Bill

Following Her Majesty’s broadcast earlier today, European video games regulator ELSPA has backed the pro-copyright and age restriction measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech. We are delighted with the commitment made today by the UK Government to tackle the widespread problem of online copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, through …

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