What does the draft of the Queen’s speech and the UK games industry have in common? Nothing, according to Tiga, the national trade association that represents games developers in the UK and in Europe.
The CEO of Tiga, Richard Wilson, said today that the Queen’s speech, which is drafted by the Government and outlines their broad policy decisions for the coming year, would not enhance competitiveness of the games industry. Wilson complains that the business rates supplementary bill has the potential to disincentivise publishers from hiring and training young talent, “Giving employees the right to request training should be manageable provided that the legislation is sensibly framed. Games developers need a workforce that is typically educated to degree level. If the UK is to become the best place in the world to do games business, then the Government must make the tax environment more conducive to investment and increase the supply of highly skilled labour.”