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TIGA says UK shouldn’t ignore Irish game industry

Saturday, 15th October 2011 23:52 GMT By Andrew Groen

Richard Wilson, CEO of the UK video game trade alliance TIGA, said yesterday that the UK government should not be ignoring Ireland’s drive to attract video game developers.“It’s not far to go to Dublin, is it?” Wilson told Edge in a recent interview. “If [Ireland] did get their act together, you could see developers shifting over there and indeed a number of studios. And of course the Irish have got a very strong track record in being very aggressive in terms of creating a nice financial environment for businesses to set up – look at the 12.5 per cent tax rate. We ignore them at our peril.”

He added that Ireland’s comparatively smaller government gives them the ability to have a swifter, more nimble government which could easily reach a consensus on programs to lure over UK developers.

“[In the UK] there’s been a huge amount of dithering and a lot of backward sliding about previous promises and not a great deal has been done,” he said. “We have a fantastic, highly skilled work force [but] we do have some skill shortages. The key problem is that we haven’t had a fiscal system that has supported the UK game development sector, and the interventions that we’ve had in the UK have been very limited.

“I think it’s time for ministers to really wake up and take some action here. We’ve basically had economic stagnation for the last 12 months. We know from our own research that the number of game developers in the UK has declined over the past two years while Canada has soared ahead. And now we have Ireland next door which is taking serious steps to create a strong environment for game development.”

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5 Comments

  1. monty12345

    After only starting a course in programming this year in Sligo(with the hope to get into games development next year) I do hope that there is a games industry for me to into without me having to away from my native Ireland to the uk or america or somewhere, so yeah, I do hope our crappy government can get’s it’s shit together to make it more awesome for dev’s to come here.

    Unless ofcourse, we won’t have any money or governments by the time im finished, judging by the occupy together craic that’s been going on. We’re the 99% ;)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. K-V-C

    ireland is a brill place really is but our gpvernment are the stupidest people evvvvvvvverrrrrrrr…………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    I was in Dublin last week and its a very nice city indeed. But right now, its a place for Satellite offices rather than actual development studios. Blizzard, Riot, Bioware all have their offices there but no development.

    But there appears to be a big shift in small smartphone developers here in the UK – moving away from the over priced development costs associated with current gen products.

    Either way, if the industry didnt keep pushing costs up(not so much development but Marketing/PR costs) then there really wouldnt be a need to have government support.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Fin

    @1

    I’d to go to the UK to get a job in the games industry – only one guy I know managed to get a job in Ireland in it.
    The development companies are Popcap, Demonware, and if you’re absolutely elite, Havok. Otherwise, it’s slim pickin’s.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. sb319

    In fairness, the Irish game development industry is non existent. There are so many talented Irish game devs but they all end up leaving the country which is a damn shame. A few tech-focused software houses, a few casual game things on the go, but no real games studios doing real AAA games. Until there’s an EA or an Ubi there or something, no one need take it seriously.

    Would love to see that situation change of course, it’d be good for the UK too in my opinion.

    #5 3 years ago

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