Vaizey: 1-Up for the UK games industry
At last - a boost for the UK games industry. After the announcement during the coalition government's budget that the tax breaks for the industry would be scrapped, there is finally some good news coming out of Whitehall for UK game developers.
Minister for communications Ed Vaizey has announced that Ian Livingstone OBE - founder of Games Workshop and Life President of Eidos - will oversee an independent review of the gaming industry in terms of education and training.
Vaizey, talking at the Develop conference in Brighton, said:
“Government recognises the difficult challenges faced by the UK video games industry in the wake of a new economic climate. It is an industry that has real potential to create the high quality jobs of the future that will be so important as we recover from the recession".
As well as the independent review there will also be a £2 million investment to help small games companies get their ideas out there.
The investment will be in the care of the video games centre of excellence that is being setup at the University of Abertay in Dundee.
“We need to invest in talent that will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of games creativity", said Vaizey.
"That is why it is important to focus on skills and on giving small companies the support they have been telling us they need to help them take forward innovative new games concepts".
"These small and start-up companies will play an important part in enhancing the international competitiveness of our games industry, whilst showing the UK is open for business”.
We're going to try and get a comment from our guys at ELSPA - the UK's leading video game trade body to see what they make of Mr. Vaizey's announcements, so check back soon for an update.