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.

TIGA backs MPs call for increased government support to games industry…and Train2Game students can help

 TIGA's Dr. Richard Wilson (second from left) with Tom Watson MP (far left) and John Whittingdale MP (far right) and others.

TIGA has called upon those in the games industry – which of course can include Train2Game students – to contact their MPs and persuade them to support an Early Day Motion that backs the game industry.

The motion put forward by Labour’s Tom Watson and the Conservative Party’s John Whittingdale – co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Computer and Video Games Industry – call for an extension of the R&D tax credits to cover “costs incurred in development including premises costs and the cost of applying for intellectual property protection and design.”

The EDM from Mr. Watson and Mr. Whittingdale also “calls on the Government to ensure it pursues a policy of supporting the video games industry to increase employment in this highly-skilled, export-orientated, low carbon industry.” If the motion is passed it could therefore potentially lead to more career opportunities for Train2Game students.

As reported by the Train2Game blog, the Coalition government raised R&D tax credits by 200% in The Budget earlier this year, but TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson has urged them to go further.

“The Government was right to raise the level of qualifying relief in respect of the R&D Tax Credit in the March Budget. Yet the Government should go further. It should now extend the scope of R&D tax credits to include costs incurred in development including premises costs and the cost of applying for intellectual property protection and design.”

“TIGA’s proposals for the R&D tax credits will deliver 60%-75% more value to games studios than the current R&D tax credit regime. This will enable studios to invest more in R&D, generate and retain new IP, and hire more development staff”

An increase in R&D which leads to game studios hiring more staff can only be a good thing for Train2Game students, and the TIGA CEO urged anyone involved in the games industry to contact their MP and ask them to help the motion pass.

“John Whittingdale OBE MP and Tom Watson MP are well known advocates of the video games industry whose opinions hold serious weight.  Their decision to table an EDM calling for the Government to back TIGA’s proposals in respect of the R&D Tax Credit is excellent news”  said Dr. Wilson.

“The EDM published today can be signed by other MPs and we strongly encourage everyone within the games industry to lobby their Member of Parliament to add their signature.”

You can find contact details for your MP using this website.

TIGA are the independent and awarding body for Train2Game courses, and last month TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson explained to the Train2Game blog how R&D tax credits and games tax relief can help the games industry.

You can also hear the interview on the Train2Game Audioboo page.

So Train2Game, will you be contacting your MP? Is it a good thing that politicians are backing the industry? Do you think the EDM can get enough support to be passed?

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