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Criterion, NaturalMotion, Team 17 and more join UKIE

Hutch, Climax, VooFoo and Playtonic also become members

14 December - London, United Kingdom - Games trade body announces impressive membership growth with new members including Climax Studios, Criterion, Hutch Games, NaturalMotion, Playtonic Games, Team 17 and VooFoo Studios.

Ukie, the trade body for games and interactive entertainment in the UK, is pleased to announce that more of the UK's best-known games businesses have joined their network, resulting in its membership reaching 385 games companies.

The trade body has seen an explosive 400% growth in membership since 2011, way above the 13% increase in games companies in the UK over the same period. Ukie has had 41 new members join in the last six months.

Ukie is a not-for-profit, representing games businesses of all sizes, from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers, esports businesses and service companies, working across console, mobile, PC, esports, VR, AR and artificial intelligence.

The trade body aims to support, grow and promote member businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by optimising the economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive.

Ukie CEO, Jo Twist said: "We are delighted to see our membership grow and to continue to attract the very best in British games and interactive entertainment. It's important to have a diversity and breadth of the UK games and interactive entertainment ecosystem represented in our network to present the best evidence-based case to Government on where intervention is needed and where it is not."

"Our growing membership shows the strength of the UK games sector's voice. This has never been more important as we continue to work on a broad range of issues such as maintaining post-Brexit access to global talent and data adequacy and calling for more funding and support for the UK's games sector."

Debbie Bestwick, CEO of Team17 said: "Over the last 12 months, Dr Jo Twist and her team at Ukie have become an ever-stronger voice to Government and an invaluable source of support for both developers and publishers in the domestic UK market. On the global stage, we and our label partners have also benefitted from their trade initiatives at Gamescom, E3 and through DiT in China and we're delighted to be adding Team 17's voice to aid the bigger issues we support within the games sector." You can see a full list of Ukie's membership here.

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