Tiga instigates creation of parliamentary group for the video game industry

All-party group will discuss industry issues at Westminster

Tiga instigates creation of parliamentary group for the video game industry
Computer and video game trade association, Tiga, has been campaigning hard for the government to back the UK's video game industry, with a particular emphasis on allowing the kind of growth-inducing tax breaks that many other countries award their games creators.

While there's still no movement of these tax breaks, Tiga has instigated the creation of an all-party parliamentary group for the computer and video game industry. The group will raise and discuss key issues with interested MPs.

"Tiga has made a real impact over the last 15 months in raising policy issues affecting the video games industry in political circles," says Tiga CEO Richard Wilson. "The establishment of the All Party Group on the Computer and Video Games Industry will ensure that issues affecting the sector, including the tax system, skill needs and industry-academia links are raised still more effectively in Parliament and Government.”

Talks will begin surprisingly quickly, with Wilson, group chairman Bill Olner and vice-chariman John Whittingdale speaking at the House of Common's on 15th June for the launch of the Play Together initiative.

The choice of words "discuss key issues with interested MPs" is still a little disconcerting, given that too many MPs have been proven recently to only show interest in the personal perks of their positions, but it's encouraging to see Tiga getting a foot firmly in the door of Parliament.

Yes. Spanner's his real name. And, yes, he's heard that joke before.


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