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 British Games Institute. 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.
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
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!
We’re delighted to have won support from Codemasters. Frank Sagnier, Codemasters’ CEO, has supported the campaign for the BGI:
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
Fantastic to reach 7,000 signatures today – courtesy of some lovely support from Yogscast, Charlie Higson and some eSports stars. Need more!
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The change.org petition has reached over 3,500 signatures thanks to the help of many supporters. Keep it going people!
Ian gave a great interview to Sky News last night
A quick note of thanks to the 2,100 people who have signed the BGI petition at change.org. Good work everyone!
We are delighted to see that more than 1,500 people have signed up to support the #FundtheBGI petition on change.org. Thanks to all of you who have added your names to the list.
To those who haven’t – sign up now!