This conference will consider next steps for the UK video games sector.
Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss:
- What is needed to secure future growth and competitiveness for the UK video games sector;
- Prioritiesfor policy and regulation; and
- Key issues for consumer protection.
With the creative industries emerging as a renewed focus for the new government, key policy developments affecting the video games sector to be examined include:
- The future of the Creative IndustriesCluster Programme following industry calls for the Government to develop targeted growth strategies for video games clusters;
- Prospects for policy on the R&D tax credit rate, start-up loans, copyright and licensing rules and creative enterprise zones;
- The Government confirming that it is not planning to implement the EU Copyright Directive;
- Discussion on changes to the UK immigration system, and expansion of the shortage of occupation list to include a number of video games industry-specific roles;
- The recently-announced ban on gambling with credit cards, and Children’s Commissioner and CMS Committee recommendations for loot box regulation under the Gambling Act; and
- Industry responsibility and the Online Harms White Paper, and publication of the final versionof the ICO Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice.