While TIGA and UKIE applauded the Livingstone-Hope Skills Review report released earlier this week, the trade groups representing in the interests of publishers and developers says that they have no plans to merge the organization into one entity – as the report suggested they do.
TIGA applauded recommendations that it has been seeking doe a very long time including using video games to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, and support for "Knowledge Transfer Partnerships." TIGA CEO Richard Wilson said he welcomes the proposal "requiring higher education institutions to provide good quality data about the employment destination of graduates from games courses and other disciplines relevant to the video games industry."
Michael Rawlinson, UKIE director general, said "if we are to continue to produce world-class interactive entertainment we need to ensure that we have a world-class workforce to produce it."
"One of UKIE’s key goals is to promote a skills and education agenda that will ensure that the right people have the right skills to succeed in the games industry, and promotes video games as a career and introduces more games and tech-based learning into the UK’s classrooms."
While both groups generally support the findings of the review, it didn’t sound like either were interested in becoming on group, nor was there any mention of cooperation.