Chris White joins BGI team as Chair of the Policy Committee

The BGI team is proud to announce that Chris White, the former MP for Warwick and Leamington, has joined the campaign to support the founding of the BGI. Chris is a long-time supporter of the games industry who fought hard for the sector in Parliament, including helping the sector to win Video Games Tax Relief, and chaired the All Party Group on Video Games. Chris will chair the new Policy Committee advising the BGI on policy issues. Chris released a statement today:

I’m delighted to be appointed to Chair the BGI Policy Committee. This is a very timely initiative and we will be working hard to gain support for this sector, which is playing an increasingly important role in our economy.

Michael Denny from Sony backs the BGI

The BGI received more formal support today, this time from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Michael Denny, who released this quote:

Britain has always fostered great creative talent which has consistently led to the development of innovative and ground breaking games over the last 25 years. Not only do British creatives and development teams contribute to British culture, but they also compete on a global stage. I believe that having a publicly funded agency to champion the games industry and games culture at the highest level in this country would be a very positive development. Michael Denny, Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Many thanks Michael and Sony for your support

Double page spread in the Times

We’re delighted that the British Games Institute is in the Times today, with a double page spread no less. We always enjoy sharing the fact that Angry Birds was the result of far-sighted Finnish government investment in Rovio.

Read it here

ps Keep an eye out for an update about some friendly, seriously massive YouTubers doing something special for the BGI!

Nice coverage of the BGI campaign

The case for the British Games Institute (26/10/2017)

Manchester Evening News – Top video games figures call for gaming agency based on British Film Institute (24/10/17)

Green Man Gaming – British Games Institute calls on UK government for support (24/10/17)

MCV – BGI petitions UK government for support (23/10/17)

Gamasutra – British Games Institute seeking support from UK government (23/10/17) – British Games Institute targets government approval with online petition (23/10/17)

Develop – British Games Institute gains momentum with new petition (23/10/17)

PocketGamer.Biz – UK games industry campaign launches for creation of national agency British Games Institute (23/10/17)

PlayStation life Style – UK Tech Industry Figures Demanding Government Support for “Underrated” Video Games Sector (22/10/17)

The Times – British Games Institute would launch quest for Lara Crofts of future (21/10/17)