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Vaizey, Simon pledge support for Gamers' Voice

Labour and Conservative MPs "genuine in wanting to help," says Watson

Labour's Sion Simon and the Conservative's Ed Vaizey have both pledged their support to action group Gamers' Voice.

The group was set up by Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson this week, to give a voice to games players in the corridors of power – it already has over 12,500 members on its Facebook page.

"Sion and Ed are a little bit different to other MPs. They both have responsibilities in Labour and the Conservatives for policies towards the games industry. And I think they're both genuine in wanting to help," said Watson.

Watson is inviting gamers to send questions for Vaizey and Simon, and hopes the MPs will answer them shortly.

"It's about time gamers had a voice to represent the huge success of the UK video games industry," said Shadow Culture Minister Vaizey. "We spend too much time attacking games and not enough time celebrating their huge success and contribution to the economy."

"We make games better and play games more in this country than anywhere else in the world. It's an important industry and an important part of millions of people's lives," offered Simon,

"But it's a very young industry which is still finding its voice. I think this group is an important step in that process, and I'm glad to be a part of it."

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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