A Develop report says that negotiations for a merger between UKIE and Tiga have broken down. The two UK-based trade groups representing different segments of the interactive entertainment industry in the region could not agree on how to combine the two groups together into one organization. Develop says that Tiga, the association representing game developers, was the group most interested in walking away from the table.
"Tiga and its board would like to make it clear that we have no plans to merge with any other organisation," the organisation told Develop. "We do not see value in distracting ourselves with talks towards such an end while the games industry faces pressing matters including Games Tax Relief, R&D tax credits, improving access to finance, migration policy, education and skills and IP."
UKIE, the association representing games publishers, "recently realigned its operations to better represent the games development sector in the UK," according to Develop.
A number of prominent figures in the UK games industry have called for the two groups to combine for the greater good of all, but it looks like that won’t happen – for now.