Tiga, the UK body which represents the interests of independent developers, has been awarded accredited trade organization status by UK Trade & Investment. What this means is that Tiga will be able to provide financial support for its members exhibiting at particular trade shows.
“Tiga’s purpose is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. If this vision is to be realised then Tiga must provide a range of services to its members that enable them to enhance the competitiveness of their businesses.” Said, Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga. “Tiga members compete on a global basis, selling products and services all over the world. I am delighted therefore that Tiga will be able to financially support UK small to medium-sized enterprises and universities at selected trade shows. Providing financial assistance to Tiga’s UK trade exhibitors will help more Tiga members raise their profile and sale in overseas markets.”
He continued, “I am determined to provide Tiga members with a range of services and benefits which strengthen their ability to compete. Tiga is examining the introduction of further services for its members in the months ahead. In the meantime, I would like to thank all those games developers who supported Tiga’s application to become an accredited trade organisation.”
For those who follow the changes and movements in the UK this is great news. For too long now the UK industry has been forced to throw so much muck at the wall in the hope that some of it will stick. Slowly but surely, however, the combined efforts of groups like Tiga, the ELSPA and major publishers is beginning to make a difference to how both the public and politicians view the industry and give it the support and credit it deserves.