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Scotland gets its own video game trade body

Scotland gets its own video game trade body

Mon 07 Oct 2013 9:50am GMT / 5:50am EDT / 2:50am PDT
Politics

Scottish Games Network officially forms to represent talent in the region

The Scottish Games Network has officially launched as a video game trade body for the region, ten years after the group was formed.

The group aims to be a unified contact point for every company in the video game business, including all sectors from developers and tech companies to retailers, media and academic institutions.

"We are now in the position where there are multiple organisations interacting with the games sector, from government, parliament and the public sector, to the wider digital, screen and creative industries," said director Brian Baglow. "To enable and support this, the Scottish Games Network has become an official and committed full-time company."

The UK already has two other trade associations, UKIE and TIGA, although friction between the two prevents them from working closely together - an issue that some believe damages the industry as a whole.

"Our goal is, very simply, to help the country's games industry grow and prosper," added Baglow.

"We will be working with government, the public sector and other trade bodies to provide data, expertise and insight into the games industry, as well as helping the industry open itself up to the wider creative world, fostering new partnerships, collaboration, diversity, funding; and encouraging entirely new experiences."

10 Comments

Good stuff. More the merrier
Lets hope the Scots can lead the way!
"The UK already has two other trade associations, UKIE and TIGA, although friction between the two prevents them from working closely together - an issue that some believe damages the industry as a whole."
Why does this rubbish have to keep cropping up, its not even factual.

Posted:10 months ago

#1

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

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So we are gaining a trade body when we should be losing one.
We need a unified, single, powerful voice when talking to government or the media on matters like violence, in app purchases, sex. tax breaks, investment, etc etc.

Posted:10 months ago

#2

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

808 1,003 1.2
I'm personally sick of all the sectarianism. What's wrong with the UK anyway. :(

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Johnson on 9th October 2013 4:35am

Posted:10 months ago

#3

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

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In more than 13 years i have yet to actually see direct positive action, that has any impact on what i do, by a trade body.

Now if we had something like the actors guild, or actual unions, that would be something.

Posted:10 months ago

#4
Thank you for your comments so far.

Chee/Bruce/Andreas: The whole point is to work as closely as possible with the other trade bodies to create some synergy, not complicate things further. By focusing on the specific circumstances in Scotland I think the SGN can become a very positive and pro-active group that *works* for all of the companies here in Scotland. More news and updates on that in the near future.

Paul: Nice. Thank you.

Posted:10 months ago

#5

Ahmed Sharif
Software Development Engineer in Test (R&D)

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I think this idea of having lots of groups = sectarianism and/or friction is nonsense.

There's nothing wrong with having more ways for companies, big or small, to communicate and represent themselves on the political/industrial/parliamentary stage. It leaves more avenues for the industry to actively foster and reflect from and with the outside world, ultimately leading to a more accurate and transparent view of it's own landscape. Only good can come from that.

Edit: Keep up the good work Brian, I hope all is well.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Ahmed Sharif on 8th October 2013 11:55am

Posted:10 months ago

#6
good luck Brian - it's a good move in my book!

Posted:10 months ago

#7

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

808 1,003 1.2
You're right, Brian. This isn't the place and in any case it's a minority (as always) stirring up the resentment.

Posted:10 months ago

#8

Sandy Lobban
Founder and Creative Director

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@Paul

I'm confused about the resentment and sectarianism thing. Is it something to do with Scotland and England?

Working at Studio Liverpool for 9 years, before starting my own business back home in Edinburgh, I seen bodies like the North West Development Agency operate with a remit to attract investment and increase the potential of the northwest region whilst I was there. Same happens in other regions. What does that make them?

The fact is, local politicians listen to local people in the know. As a game developer born in Scotland I didnt take offence to that. Friendly competition and bodies acting in different regions of the UK can reach out to different people in different ways. Benefits us all when that happens in my opinion.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sandy Lobban on 9th October 2013 11:39am

Posted:10 months ago

#9

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

808 1,003 1.2
It's the devolution thing that pisses me off, but that's beyond the scope of this thread. I've since removed my rant and my apologies to Brian who I actually have a lot of time for.

Posted:10 months ago

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