As part of its work to support the Video Game Tax Relief (VGTR), UKIE is gathering critical economic data about our sector, through a UK Games Industry Economic Impact Survey, to ensure it can base base future work on robust and comprehensive evidence. The organisation needs ALL games businesses - large and small - to give them accurate... Continue Reading →
Culture Counts, the organisation which is the collective voice of Scotland's cultural and heritage sectors, has written to Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, to ask for the announcement of a three-year culture budget in January 2021.
UKIE is joining the UKIE Government Kickstart scheme, to help fund games businesses to hire and train young people (aged 16-24) for roles within the videogames industry.
The UK government has opened its call for evidence over the use of 'randomised monetisation mechanics' aka loot boxes in videogames. The call is asking for input and feedback from gamers (and their parents/guardians), developers, industry, and academia over concerns that the use of loot boxes are harmful and should be subject to restrictions under... Continue Reading →
Last week we wrote a summary of The Logan Review, Mark Logan's astonishing report, which reimagines the role, the scope, the success and the future of Scotland's digital technology ecosystem. The full report runs to 89 carefully considered pages. In our review, we highlighted many of the recommendations made, which stretched from primary school education,... Continue Reading →
The Logan Report is a deep dive into the whole Scottish tech ecosystem (including games), looking at how Scotland could provide greater support for tech businesses and create a more digitally literate, entrepreneurial and collaborative society.
The House of Lords Gambling Committee is recommending the immediate reclassification of loot boxes in videogames as gambling. The report goes on to state that any game or mechanic which has 'gambling like characteristics' should be similarly regulated.
The DCMS will launch a call for evidence into the use of 'loot boxes' within videogames, to decide whether or not they should be considered 'gambling'.
Innovate UK has launched a competition to encourage UK businesses to help innovate and address critical issues around the Covid19 pandemic.
There's a brand new programme for games companies in Scotland to help them achieve greater success globally. Scottish Enterprise has partnered with Elevator, to launch an accelerator programme designed to help games companies grow internationally. The programme promises a variety of topics, events and help, including: Keynote sessions from international experts Workshops Monthly meet-ups (Glasgow,... Continue Reading →