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Livingstone and Gibson call for UK government to create British Games Institute

Some of the biggest names in the UK games industry have called for a new organisation, founded with government money, to fund UK games production, culture and education. Industry veteran Ian Livingstone and investment consultant Rick Gibson have announced their blueprint for a new body called the British Games Institute. …

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UKIE prompts industry to register on its UK Games Map

Data firm Nesta and trade body UKIE have partnered to create a UK industry interactive map, and are now encouraging games firms to contribute to its development. The UK Games Map launched last Thursday and lists companies working in games across the country, based on the 2014 Nesta-UKIE report A …

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Investors shrug off Brexit video game fears

Brexit will be ‘totally irrelevant’ when it comes to UK games investment, insist leading venture capitalists. London Venture Partners and Mercia Fund Management say that the digital nature of the games business means that the Brexit result, although unfortunate, will leave UK games firms largely untroubled. It comes as UK …

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Happy birthday Sonic: UK games industry execs share their best memories

As the speedy hedgehog reaches quarter of a century old, UK games retailers, publishers, media and developers reminisce about their favourite Sonic games and moments. Simon Bennett, Roll7:My earliest memory was one of my most favourite gaming memories, sat on my mate Stu’s sofa, on the Game Gear, playing one-life-one-pass …

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‘UK games development is as strong as ever, despite closures’

The UK games development sector is stronger than ever, despite the collapse of three major studios, say leading experts. Over the past month, Xbox has announced it will close Fable makers Lionhead (pictured), Sony will shut DriveClub creators Evolution, while Activision has announced redundancies at Guitar Hero developers FreeStyleGames. I …

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Over 1,300 new UK stores sold video games in 2015

The number of physical stores selling video games jumped up in 2015. 6,609 stores sold games in the UK last year, a rise of 1,337 over 2014. The data comes via GfK and retail trade body ERA. Every store type increased last year, including electrical chains (up by three stores), …

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Curve Digital and Kuju merge to form ‘major new British publisher’

Kuju owner The Catalis Group has acquired UK indie publisher and developer Curve Digital. Kuju and Curve will now merge to form a new group – Curve Digital Entertainment – which the firm says has the potential to become ‘a major new British games publisher.’ The new business will be …

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Government introduces £4m development fund for small UK studios

The UK Government is spending 4m in a bid to find ‘the next Tomb Raider’. The new development fund launches today and is set-up to help get games from ‘the drawing board and into the production’. The Video Game Prototype Fund is set to run between now and 2019, and …

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E3: The Industry Survival Guide

So you are in LA for the 2015 Electronics Entertainment Expo. But how can you get the most out of the show? And where should you visit? MCV has once again asked the games industry for their top secret tips on getting the most out of this year’s event. SURVIVING …

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GamesAid: A Short History

GamesAid is the spiritual successor to games industry charitable initiatives SoftAid in the 1980s and ESC (The Entertainment Software Charity) in the early noughties, both led by Rod Cousens. GamesAid was formed in late 2007 by the Trustees, Greg Ingham (who was chair, ex CEO of Future Publishing and founder …

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