Tiga membership opens for individual devs

Tiga membership opens for individual devs

By Rob Crossley

August 31st 2010 at 9:40AM

Growing game industry association spawns new division

Game developers will soon have the chance to join industry association Tiga as an independent member, the group has announced.

The growing organisation – best known for representing the game industry on the political stage – wants to ensure no single developer is left out of an opportunity to join.

It means that UK development studios that choose not to be a Tiga member could soon be staffing people who have joined the organisation separately from their employer.

Tiga said it wants to help “both aspiring games developers and those already working in the industry to fulfill their career ambitions”.

Said Tiga CEO Richard Wilson: ”Individual membership will provide access to a range of benefits, focusing on three core areas - career development; material benefits; and networking opportunities."

Launching in the Autumn, Tiga’s Individual Membership will offer those who sign up discounts on a range of goods – from retail items to event tickets, software, hardware and training – as well as the chance to join regular networking events arranged for all members.

Individual members are also promised the chance to meet industry experts and guest speakers, along with the chance to hear seminars, take mentoring sessions and receive career advice.

Tiga’s existing company membership – which this year reached 160 industry members – is said will not be affected by the new scheme.

Paul Mayze, a Tiga board member and the COO of Monumental Games, said individual membership “is the next stage” of Tiga’s development.

”It will allow anyone working in the games industry to benefit from Tiga’s expertise, benefits and services,” he said.

”The UK games industry is becoming increasingly diverse and it is important that the whole community is served by an energetic, passionate trade body that is committed to strengthening the UK sector as a whole.”

Wilson said his association “is the only trade organisation that truly represents the whole spectrum of diverse talented companies and individuals that make up the UK games industry.”