Games4EU, the UK games industry advocacy group set up to challenge Brexit, has published an open letter and is asking for UK games industry members and UK gamers who are opposed to Brexit to sign it.
As we previously reported, the advocacy group was set up in response to the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, and was founded by Tracey McGarrigan, Jas Purewal, and George Osborn (no, not that one).
The full open letter can be found here, and the letter reads, in part:
“Brexit is a dire threat to UK interactive entertainment. Leaving the EU’s customs union, single market, VAT area and regulatory framework (in whole or part) will rip up the bedrock on which our industry operates and cause us grave harm. There are huge questions over what this will mean for how small games developers will manage VAT obligations, access EU markets and protect their businesses, how critical data sharing will work, why global businesses should be based in the UK post-Brexit, how British esports athletes will compete in EU-based tournaments, what rights consumers will have from refund rights to free mobile roaming in the EU.
This is already causing serious uncertainty, raising costs and future red tape. Post-Brexit our products face the real risk of becoming more expensive, harder to access, delayed or in the worst case cancelled. We fear UK interactive entertainment businesses being compelled to partially/fully relocate to the EU. We foresee greater problems to hiring talent (risking over time a UK brain drain), loss of important consumer rights and cultural diminishment. All when we should be growing our position as a British success story.”
This open letter follows a recent article in the Independent covering concerns by the UK music industry, represented by composer Howard Goodall, of the effects of Brexit on the UK creative industry. This article mentions in part that “One substantial new source of revenue for both studios and professional musicians is in providing scores for video games. Britain is a world leader in the development of video games: did you know that? Did you also know that the UK’s video game industry is gravely threatened by Brexit”.
Games4EU is asking for people to sign the open letter prior to October 31 2018, at which point it will be sent to over 200 MPs in the UK who represent interactive entertainment businesses, and to industry/national press. For further news regarding Games4EU you can check their website.