The BGI story

 

Timeline for the BGI campaign

The BGI campaign was founded in late 2016 to create a new national agency for games culture, skills, diversity and finance.

Jan 2017 – BGI campaign launched by Rick Gibson and Ian Livingstone

March 2017 – Campaign wins support from over 560 organisations

Summer 2017Consultation with 110 organisations

September 2017 – Formal proposal to the Treasury

November 2017Petition to found the BGI reaches 10,000

January 2018 – BGI campaign Advisory Board forms

February 2018  – BGI campaign Advisory Board announces merger discussions with the National Videogame Foundation

March 2018  – BGI campaign Advisory Board votes to merge with NVF, appoint new NVF CEO and begin charity registration

April 2018 – BGI campaign Advisory Board expands

June 2018 – BGI campaign Advisory Board expands again to 29 individuals

October 2018 – National Videogame Arcade rebrands as National Videogame Museum and announces move to Sheffield

November 2018 – NVM opens to public

February 2019 – Proposed Trustees of the BGI CIO meet, agree governance and structure

March 2019 – Games Education Summit 2019 is announced

April 2019 – BGI’s first careers course on FutureLearn is announced

May 2019 – BGI announces games heritage preservation initiative in collaboration with Bath Spa and Ritsumeikan Universities

May 2019 – BGI becomes a charity with the Registered Charity Number 1183530

 

Support for the BGI campaign

The UK games industry ticks all the Industrial Strategy’s boxes: it’s high growth, high tech, truly nationwide and is already world-class with highly transferable skills. Yet the games industry faces significant challenges in access to finance, cultural recognition and skills shortages. After reviewing the BGI proposals, I believe the best way to address these challenges is a new national agency. Funding the BGI would be a statement of strategic intent by the government to back this key creative sector and I’m delighted to support it. Ed Vaizey MP, former Minister of State, Digital and Culture, DCMS

TIGA stands for games developers and digital publishers and our objective is to strengthen the games industry. We should introduce a British Games Institute to drive the sector forward. We would welcome the BGI implementing TIGA’s long standing proposal for a Games Investment Fund, increasing productivity in the industry by working with leading universities – particularly TIGA Accredited universities – to promote best practice, and promoting British games culture with new games festivals around the UK. Dr Richard Wilson, CEO, TIGA

I’m very excited about the idea of the BGI. An august, sophisticated and grand institution, that does practical things, is long overdue for the rapidly growing and highly successful computer games industry.  Other areas of the creative industries have this kind of valued structure. I am looking forward to working closely with the BGI, both as chair of TIGA, and as CEO of Rebellion, and helping to build on the success story that is the British Games Industry. Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO, Rebellion, and Chairman, TIGA

The UK has a rich, 40 year history in games but, unlike other creative industries, we have had little public funding to support our games culture.  A specialist national games agency would bring focus and turbo charge the UK’s vibrant video games sector both commercially and culturally to reach even greater heights. The British Games Institute is that organisation. I really hope it is created. Andy Payne OBE, CEO, AppyNation and Chairman of the British Esports Association

Helping young talent take part in the thriving games industry will promote modern culture and benefit the economy. BGI should be a priority for the UK government. Frank Sagnier, CEO, Codemasters

The BGI represents a fantastic opportunity for the games industry to speak with a single, powerful and full industry-supported voice. This clarity and focus will open new opportunities to the benefit of the UK Games industry as a whole. Philip & Andrew Oliver, representing the Made in Creative UK Campaign.

This is an idea whose time has come. These are exciting and challenging days for the UK games industry and having the BGI to co-ordinate, support and augment the good work being done by so many different organisations will be of enormous value. Paul Gardner, Wiggin LLP

I fully support the proposal for the BGI. A new national agency with a remit to support the video games industry will help provide funding and skilled talent for UK games studios, and will also champion the culture and economic contribution of British games to the public. Carl Cavers, CEO, Sumo-Digital