Train2Game news: TIGA champions UK games industry in Treasury meeting

Train2Game’s independent awarding and examination body, and representative association for the UK games industry, TIGA, has championed the video games industry in a meeting with the Treasury.

TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson represented the games industry in a meeting with Exchequer Secretary David Gauke MP. Dr. Wilson was accompanied by with three leading MPs from the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Computer and Video Games Industry, John Whittingdale OBE MP, Luciana Berger MP and Chris White MP.

“At TIGA we are focused on making the UK the best place in the world to do games business by enabling developers and digital publishers to set up and grow strong, sustainable, independent studios. “said TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson, who gave a speech to Train2Game students at last November’s Train2Game & Epic Game Jam.

“TIGA was delighted therefore to have the opportunity to represent the industry and to suggest a range of measures to the Exchequer Secretary to enable our industry to fulfil its potential, including a well-targeted Games Tax Relief for games development.”

“I am grateful to the Rt Hon David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary, for his time and for the support from John Whittingdale OBE MP, Luciana Berger MP and Chris White MP.” Dr. Wilson added.

Labour MP Luciana Berger argued that the Treasury needs to provide tax relief for the games industry.  Her Liverpool constituency is home to several game developers, and as reported by the Train2Game Blog, it isn’t the first time Ms. Berger has called for tax relief.

“Games Tax Relief offers the UK industry an opportunity to compete on the same terms as its international competitors. The economic case was made clear to the Exchequer Secretary and we hope to see action in the forthcoming Budget.” she said.

The Warwick & Leamington constituency of Chris White MP is also home to a number of game developers including Blitz and Codemasters, and he called for the government to take action to support them.

“The Exchequer Secretary listened to our concerns for the video games industry today. As the evidence continues to mount, the upcoming Budget provides an opportunity for swift and decisive action by introducing Games Tax Relief which would allow the games industry to prosper as the global market increases.” said Mr. White.

And John Whittingdale OBE MP, who also chairs the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said support for the UK games industry was Vital.

“I am very grateful to David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, for sparing the time to meet with myself, my parliamentary colleagues and Richard Wilson from TIGA.” he said.

“We met with the Exchequer Secretary today to ask the Government to consider how it can best support the games sector in the forthcoming Budget. It is vital that, as the global market increases, Britain remains competitive to attract investment and jobs. Games Tax Relief would put the industry on a level playing field with its international rivals.” Mr. Whittingdale concluded.

The introduction of games tax relief could potentially provide more job opportunities for Train2Game students.

Find out more about what games tax relief is, and how it could help developers in this Train2Game Blog interview with TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on TIGA being accompanied by MPs to meet the Treasury? Is it a positive sign for the games industry?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

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