Government needs to strengthen support for growing UK games industry | Opinion

It will come as no surprise that the UK video games industry has grown significantly over the last decade, and particularly over the past few years. The new and improved UK Games Map, which takes live data from Companies House, clearly demonstrates that growth with an increase of more than 30% of active games companies in the UK since 2016.

With that growth has come even more interest from investors, regulators, other sectors, and from governments. Late last year, MEPs even voted to acknowledge the value of the video game ecosystem in the EU and its potential for growth and innovation, calling for a long-term European video game strategy. So, despite what you might read, a good deal of this interest is extremely positive.

At the end of last year, I sat in a House of Commons committee room fielding questions from MPs about the strength of the industry and the impact that incredibly important incentives such as Video Games Tax Relief have had in developing our sector over the last decade. As we approach nearly a decade since it was introduced, the model has been so successful it is being replicated in various ways internationally from Australia to Germany to Ireland.

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