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Eidos: UK Must Invest In Gaming Or "Suffer The Consequences"

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and is in the process of trumping just about every other entertainment venue on earth ('cept porn). However, the UK continues to experience difficulty in the eyes of the media and developers, as Eidos' Ian Livingstone has issued a serious warning to the region: address the rising costs of game development in the UK and the industry skills shortage, or "suffer the consequences."

According to an interview with DevelopMag, Livingstone, also a spokesman for the territory's "Games Up" campaign, said the UK is the most expensive place for game designers. This is leading to a variety of problems, and coupled with the lack of properly trained individuals, the problems are amplified.

"The Government should address the issues of skills and costs for the UK to remain competitive," said Livingstone. "The UK is now the most expensive country in the world in which to develop. There are naturally cheap labour markets in Asia and also subsidised markets like Canada. The UK has slipped from third to fourth in world development. Given the heritage of development in the UK, this is a tragedy."

Obviously, developers have to step up as well, but without some government assistance, the downward spiral may continue. Livingstone says it's "up to the government" to make the UK as attractive as places like Canada (where it's cheap to develop games), so everything can get back on track. In the meantime, the industry will continue to lag in the UK, and...well, nobody wants that. Livingstone concluded:

"Whilst the UK Government does nothing, developers will continue to shut down or be acquired by overseas companies who see greater long term value in our talent than we do ourselves. The Government needs to invest in this valuable Creative Industries asset or suffer the consequences."

7/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

Qubex
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 11:21:29 AM
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Like all governments, it has other "priorities" like intelligence gathering and fighting wars. Eventually though, the message will be heard. I am sure the UK will simply not allow itself to become a "nothing" in the industry...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Luan
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 11:44:59 AM
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well lets just hope my Gaming Design course in college is not in vain...

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 1:38:42 PM
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gaming is so gonna dominate porn. Gaming first, porn second, movies third.

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danr
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 4:07:59 PM

You have your priorities wrong.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 1:44:04 PM
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A message to the UK Government? What a waste of breath that is. The people filled the streets of London to protest an unjust war and the parliament didn't even bat an eyelid.
Even a nation crippling protest like the Fuel Protest several years ago only caused a temporary change.
This is an elected dictatorship, not a democracy. They won't listen, they'd rather believe that they always know best. Arrogant gits who think they are superhuman.

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Xanavi23
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 7:23:09 PM

Democracy ? there is no such thing, its all a show. A very entertaining one, i admit, but a show nonetheless. This of course includes all aspects of "Democracy"; government and all that.

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Xanavi23
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 2:22:17 PM
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The funny thing is, a few months ago, the U.K. side of things started hating on Quebec and Ubisoft because over here, our Provincial government actually helps video game developers because they see it for what it is, Business.

Business means more money for everyone, specifically the government. So its good to see Eidos' telling it like it is.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 8:06:14 PM
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UK is a step behind the rest of the world.

Wow what else is new?

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 7:05:30 AM

Britain once ruled the world. And at least we were popular when it was our turn. lol
Anyway, America is fast falling behind itself you know.

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 9:27:57 PM
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I doubt UK Won't get cought up in the gaming idustry, It might just take a while.

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tanner1
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 6:57:36 AM
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@ matrixkurt well done m8 another intelligent comment from an arrogent american. Trouble is all the country's money has gone supporting your dumb asses in a war that didnt need to happen

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Xanavi23
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 8:00:11 AM

Dont Worry guys, only the ignorant will hate on Britain. Im from Canada obviously and in truth, im pretty damn proud of my Countries part British roots even though im Greek but born here. Like the Ancient Greeks, the Brit Empire was massive and they controlled at least half of the world if not more. They have no shame, they arent doing too bad as a country now either. In any event, this has nothing to do with Gaming so ill STFU.

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