UK game industry trade group UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) announced that Director General Michael Rawlinson has decided to leave the organization and will step down at the end of the month. Details on where Rawlinson is headed were not disclosed at press time.
"Michael has been a loyal servant of UKIE (formerly ELSPA) for over ten years and has led the organisation as Director General for the last two years. The board of UKIE would like to thank Michael on behalf of the members and the wider industry in general, for all the hard work that he has put in on our behalf particularly with the Government," Chairman of UKIE, Andy Payne said. "Michael was a key member of the team that created the first pan-European age rating content classification system (PEGI) and worked to ensure that this was legally adopted for the UK as the sole system of classification for computer and video games. We recognise that Michael wants to seek fresh challenges and wish him the very best with his next challenge."
UKIE says that it will be "actively" looking for successor and interim leadership will be handled via a triumvirate of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer until the position is filled.