Mayor of London announces £1.2m investment to promote game dev scene in the capital

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:02 GMT

Mayor of London and the London Enterprise Panel are investing £1.2m to start the Games London initiative and a host a new London Games Festival.

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Boris Johnson, mayor of London, has announced a new programme that aims to give the local games industry a boost and help make London the games capital of the world. Johnson, along with the London Enterprise Panel, are giving the UK games industry £1.2m to launch the programme, called Games London.

The three-year programme will be delivered by Ukie and Film London, and will, with help from the Video Games Tax Relief, attract new investment in the industry, shine a light on the London development scene, and create jobs.

A new, annual London Games Festival will also be part of this initiative. It will be held April 1-10 and will include a networking event, as well as well-established events such as EGX Rezzed and the BAFTA Game Awards.

You can learn more via the official site.

The announcement was delivered by Boris Johnson in a Minecraft version of London. You can watch it below.

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