UK game industry trade group UKIE issued a statement today saying that it was moving on from last week’s failed merger talks with industry group TIGA. The group that represents game publishers had tried to negotiate a merger with the group that primarily represented game developers in the UK. Those talks were a wash, with TIGA abruptly walking out over several disagreements. UKIE’s board offered its thanks to TIGA CEO Richard Wilson for his time with informal talks.
"The board of UKIE are deeply disappointed that TIGA have ruled out potential talks to discuss forming one trade body to represent the entire UK games industry," read the statement. "We would like to thank the TIGA board for their time and consideration of the matter and their CEO for informal talks and meetings over the past six months".
"Furthermore UKIE’s board hopes that both trade associations can and will work together on the key issues that the industry faces in the very near future. We have had a good track record of working together with TIGA, the latest example being our sharing of UKIE’s evidence for the government’s Growth Review back in December and hope that this collaborative working can continue, albeit as two separate associations for now."
UKIE said in its statement that initiatives in progress include the implementation of the Livingstone Hope Review, continued lobbying of the government, the continued development of digital sales data tracking, and issues related to the PEGI ratings system.