The culture committee is one of the key points of engagement for Scotland's creative industries at a parliamentary level. All of the parliamentary committees were dissolved in the run up to the Scottish elections in May 2021. They are now being re-established, with new convenors elected. On Thursday 17th June, the Scottish Parliament agreed on... Continue Reading →
The first meeting has taken place of the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review Advisory Board to implement the recommendations from the 2020 Logan Report.
Mark Logan appointed to lead £7M programme to implement his groundbreaking 2020 Review, to make Scotland's digital technology ecosystem more successful.
The Digital Directorate of the Scottish government recently published A Changing Nation: How Scotland Will Thrive In A Digital World, a new strategy which sets out the country's ambitions for a more inclusive digital society.
UKIE has submitted a number of proposals to the UK government, ahead of the forthcoming budget (March 3rd), aimed at helping the UK games industry to grow significantly in the coming years.
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 →
Some of the UK's leading developers have joined forces with the Department of Culture Media and Sport to include essential health messages to players across the country. Games created in the UK, including Candy Crush Saga, Sniper Elite 4, DiRT Rally 2.0 and Farm Heroes now carry the information: Stay at Home, Protect the NHS,... Continue Reading →
Good news everybody! The UK's game development sector, which has often lacked access to public funding for projects and concepts, can now take advantage of the new Video Games Prototype Fund, which launched today. The fund will allocate £4,000,000 via £25,000 grants over the next four years to small, independent studios, to enable developers to create initial game prototypes and... Continue Reading →
Last week, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee held the first part of it's investigation into the economic impact of the creative industries - including games. The committee is gathering evidence, both written and from industry witnesses, exploring if and how government intervention might help the creative industries grow, thrive and achieve more.... Continue Reading →
Video games companies across the UK can now begin claiming tax relief on their production costs, as the government’s cultural regulations came into force on the 19 August 2014. With tax relief only available for companies producing games that are certified as culturally British, this milestone marks the completion of the legislation and will see the first companies begin... Continue Reading →