Ukie response to Industrial strategy consultation
Ukie, the games industry association, has published a response to the UK Government's consultation on its Green Paper on future industrial strategy.
The document sets out "some underlying principles for any industrial strategy to work". It argues that:
- A central part of the UK’s attractiveness to international games companies with European headquarters in the UK is Britain’s membership of the European Single Market.
- Harmonised rules, for instance on data protection, copyright and VAT, have enabled games businesses based in the UK to seamlessly export goods and services throughout the EU. Membership of the single market has contributed to the UK games industry’s dynamism, and ability to grow, explore new innovative areas, and attract investment into the UK from overseas.
- Equally important to games and interactive entertainment, is the role of data. Ukie argues that it is crucial that the UK games industry maintains the current ease of trade it has with the EU and other international markets. It is thus critical that the Government ensures there is a robust legal basis in place following our departure from the EU for cross-border data transfers to continue. Any future changes around data must both consider the needs of businesses such as the video games and interactive entertainment sector, and seek not to hinder this flow of data. The government must therefore prioritise obtaining a data adequacy decision from the EU.
Read Ukie's response in full.
You can also read the consultation responses from the Creative Industries Council and the Advertising Association.