Brexit Could Affect Games Industry

The games development industry has expressed concerns that leaving the European Union will affect access to games development talent.

Games developer network, Tiga, has claimed Brexit will lead to harsher immigration rules, preventing European developers from contributing to games development in the UK.

CEO of Tiga, Richard Wilson, said: “The UK video games industry is a technology sector that provides high-skilled employment for more than 30,000 people, including approximately 11,000 development staff, and which contributes £1.1bn to UK GDP. 

“It is also export-oriented, with at least 95% of studios exporting. Following the referendum in favour of ‘Brexit’, it will be more vital than ever to strengthen – and avoid harming – those sectors where the UK has a comparative competitive advantage.”

Research by Tiga found 15% of UK games development staff are from the EU. It claimed the government should take responsibility to ensure the games industry still has access to talent and funding.

The UK games industry was said to grow significantly in 2016 with 70% of employers in the sector planning new hires throughout the year.

Tiga expressed concerns that European programmes such as Creative Europe and Horizon 2020 which support creative industries in the EU may no longer be open to UK applications post Brexit.

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