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MP calls on Government to back the UK video games industry

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TIGA, the Trade Association representing the UK games industry, today backed a call by Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree and All Party Parliamentary Computer and Video Games Vice-Chair, for the Westminster Government to make the UK an attractive place to develop video games. Luciana Berger MP made the comments during a visit to Sony’s Evolution studios in Runcorn.

Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree and All Party Parliamentary Computer and Video Games Vice-Chair, said:

“The computer and video games industry is a source of high-skilled jobs, here in the North West and nationally. I am delighted to be visiting Sony’s Liverpool studio and Evolution studios in Runcorn to see firsthand one of the North West’s success stories.?

“Yesterday’s GDP figures showed that this country can’t afford to have a government that doesn’t support growth in the economy.?With?1.53bn in sales last year, the computer and video game industry has enormous potential.? It’s important that the sector's success is built upon and new investment is secured. Ministers must also ensure the UK is an attractive place to develop video games. TIGA’s proposal for a Games Tax Relief, similar to the Film Tax Credit, would encourage additional investment and create many jobs. I will continue to champion this low carbon industry in Parliament.”

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, said:

“Luciana Berger is right to call on the Government to take action to support the UK video games industry.? This week’s disappointing GDP figures confirm the need for the Westminster Coalition Government to promote economic growth. The video games industry has the potential to create thousands of high skilled jobs. The Government should look again at the case for Games Tax Relief, a sector specific tax break which would power investment and job creation in an export oriented industry.”

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About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry.?The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers.?We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. TIGA was awarded‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2010.? In 2011, TIGA won a further four awards at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards, including‘Trade Association of the Year’ for the second consecutive year.? TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA is an‘Investors in People’ accredited organisation.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.? We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.? This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email richard.wilson@tiga.org .

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