Ukie notes that the vote “signals the start of many changes to the UK political landscape”, starting with the resignation of David Cameron as PM.
The Government will have to devote considerable resources over the next two years to renegotiating treaties, re-making and codifying laws. This timescale could be even longer given that this has never happened before, Ukie says.
Issues that will be particularly pertinent to the UK games industry in the coming months, and that Ukie says it will be working hard to fully represent the sector on, include securing access to overseas talent, ensuring the right investment in skilling up UK homegrown talent, the continuation of the Video Games Tax Relief, and access to funding.
Ukie says it will continue to lobby on the wider recommendations it made in its Blueprint for Growth report around talent, the business environment, funding routes, local cluster growth, and innovation.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said: “Ukie is committed to ensuring the UK is the best place in the world to make and sell games and although this decision and the political uncertainty it brings will have an impact on our businesses it is important to remember that we are already a globally successful sector and a leading exporter in the digital economy. Ukie will continue to work hard with colleagues in government and other sectors to ensure we continue to have the best possible business environment for our sector, and we will be following developments closely and advising members as they unfold”. To read Ukie’s press release in full, click here.