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TIGA Calls for the Launch of a Video Games Investment Fund

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TIGA, the network for games developers and digital publishers, and the trade association representing the video games industry, has called on the Chancellor to introduce a Video Games Investment Fund (VGIF) in the 2018 Budget to enhance studios’ access to finance, promote the development of original IP and to encourage studio growth.

The VGIF would make grants or loans of between £75,000 and £500,000 available to games businesses on a matched funding basis. TIGA made the comments in a new report, Sustaining Success: A Video Games Investment Fund (October 2018) in advance of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget on October 29th 2018.

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

Britain’s video games industry is a world leader, and it’s vital that it stays that way. TIGA’s proposal for a Games Investment Fund is something Labour is seriously considering as a way to boost innovation, investment and jobs in the sector. We need to make sure we sustain success in one of our most important creative industries.”

Chris Law MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Video Games in the Westminster Parliament, said:

“Establishing TIGA’s proposed Games Investment Fund would boost investment and employment and help to grow the video games industry in the all of the UK’s creative hotspots, including the Dundee and wider Scottish games development clusters.”

Access to finance is a challenge for many UK games developers

Games developers typically struggle to raise debt finance because they have relatively few assets and little financial track record. Equally, most venture capitalists and business angels will not invest in games because of high risk levels, low knowledge levels about the industry and high, largely fixed costs of due diligence relative to the amount of equity sought. This creates a market failure in access to finance.

A Solution: A Video Games Investment Fund

The Government should introduce a VGIF to improve developers’ access to finance:

  • The VGIF could provide funding of between £75,000 and £500,000 to games developers nationwide. Funding between £75,000 and £100,000 would be delivered as grants while above £100,000 soft loans would be matched pound for pound to ensure that games companies find new investment from other sources.
  • A commercial mentoring business advisory service, staffed by paid industry veterans, would be mandated for successful companies.
  • The VGIF could be financed via Grant in Aid, the British Business Bank or the National Lottery and could be managed by the UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company, the BGI, a British Business Bank-backed fund such as Mercia Technologies, the British Film Institute or the Arts Councils.

The impact of the VGIF

Research commissioned by TIGA shows that the VGIF would have a positive impact on the UK’s games industry and wider economy. The return on investment of £26.5m over 5 years represents good value for money and over the five years from 2019 to 2023, the VGIF would:

  • increase headcount by nearly 1,500 staff;
  • create over 2,700 indirect jobs in the supply chain around games development;
  • encourage games companies to invest an additional £215 million in development expenditure;
  • contribute an additional £197 million in tax revenues over 5 years;
  • help 175 studios (17 per cent of total);
  • increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by an additional £480 million.

Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:

“TIGA’s plan for a Video Games Investment Fund would improve developers’ access to finance, encourage the creation of new IP and strengthen the UK video games industry. The matched funding criteria would attract new investment from new investors into games and drive employment in the industry. The VGIF would also enhance productivity growth in the sector by catalysing investment in capital, skills and innovation.

“A similar scheme in Finland operated by the agency Tekes has provided financial support to over one fifth of the entire Finnish games industry’s studio population. The programme has more than paid for itself: for every euro invested by Tekes in the games industry, a return ranging from nine to 26 euros has been generated.”

Ahead of the 2018 Budget, TIGA has called on the Chancellor to introduce the VGIF, reform the Apprenticeship Levy into a more general Training Levy, and make sure that video games companies have access to skilled foreign workers by keeping salaries for Tier 2 visas at competitive levels.

 

About TIGA:

TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. We achieve this by campaigning for the industry in the corridors of power, championing the industry in the media and helping our members commercially.

TIGA is intent on building an enduring organisation which continually improves; a business that will make a significant impact on the games industry and so benefit our membership and the wider economy. Since 2010, TIGA has won 24 business awards, an achievement which reflects TIGA’s drive for improvement and to meet best practice.

The economic impact assessment of the GIF has been carried out by Games Investor Consulting. For a copy of Sustaining Success: A Games Investment Fund (TIGA, October 2017), please contact: suzi@tiga.org

 

 

 


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Poland to fight against tax crimes

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A law has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice, which allows effective counteracting organised crime, especially tax crime, illegal circulation of alcohol, cigarettes and electronics or illegal gambling. This is done by the amendment of the Penal Code prepared in the Ministry of Justice.

The new law aimed at criminals who are cheating on taxes, duties or excises.

Revenues from VAT to the state budget in 2017 increased by PLN 30 billion, which is by almost a quarter compared to the previous year. This is more than all year spending on the “Rodzina 500+” programme.

The next action is far-reaching changes in the Penal Fiscal Code. They are necessary because the obsolete law (the Penal Fiscal Code Act has not undergone a deeper amendment for 10 years) means that huge amounts instead of, for example, social purposes go to the pockets of criminals who cheat on taxes, duties or excises.


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£5,000 cash up for grabs for predicting if Altior wins or loses at Ascot

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Matchbook, the sponsors of Saturday’s Clarence House Chase at Ascot, are running a competition on Saturday that will give racegoers a chance to win a £5,000 cash prize by predicting whether Altior wins or loses in the Grade 1 contest.

In a competition designed to engage and educate punters about the benefits of betting with an exchange, punters will either chose to receive a blue lanyard (back bet) or a pink lanyard (lay) which will carry a unique number on.

If Altior wins, the “backers” are in for a chance to win; if Altior loses, the “layers” are in for a chance to win. Matchbook will then draw the lucky number and the correct number and correct colour wins the £5,000 cash prize.

The competition will take place on the ground floor of the main grandstand at Ascot racecourse.

Competition details:

  • Upon arrival, promo staff will hand out blue (Back Bets) and pink (Lay bets) Matchbook branded lanyards to racegoers inside the course gates
  • Lanyards will have a clear pocket which will contain a card. Each card will have a unique number (0001-1000 tbc) and details of how they can win a cash prize of £5000. Card will also have details on Matchbook and our social media handles
  • 18+ only
  • To enter, users will have to come to the Matchbook stand with their unique number, enter it, along with their email address on a dedicated screen before the Clarence House Chase(CHC)
  • The competition will be based on the favourite in the Clarence House Chase winning or losing. If the favourite wins, all the people who have registered with blue(back) lanyards are in the draw for the £5k. The pink (layers) will be out as the favourite won. And the opposite if the favourite doesn’t win
  • Matchbook staff will also have lanyards to give out to visitors at the Matchbook stand
  • Once the last race (16:05) is over, all eligible entrants will come to the Matchbook stand for the big draw.

 

Matchbook is a peer-to-peer betting exchange designed for smart bettors who want better value, deeper liquidity and exceptional customer service. We’re not the alternative, we’re the difference.

Matchbook is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission.


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Betconnect launches to enable punters to follow the bets of professional gamblers

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World’s only social betting network that gives everyone access to live bets from professional gamblers who can’t place bets with traditional bookmakers

 

A new betting site launches out of Beta today, letting ordinary punters follow the bets of professionals.

Betconnect is the first notable disruptive technology platform in the industry since Betfair in 2000 and aims to level the playing field between bookmakers, professional gamblers and punters.

For many years, professional gamblers have found their accounts closed or restricted by bookmakers due to their success. In fact, new research published today shows that one in ten (9.8%) of British punters have at some point been restricted. Betconnect connects these people with a network of regular punters in a shared betting experience.

Pros can create and submit bets into the betconnect platform on all major sports and betting markets, using the very best real-time odds. The bets are then intelligently distributed to a network of punters who are prepared to match the bet in exchange for the tip received in the process.

 

Make betting a more informed punt

Many of the betconnect Pros have had their betting accounts restricted or closed by the bookies.

The Pros are held to account through the publication of their profit-and-loss statistics. Punters can therefore be assured of the quality of the ‘tips’ they’re receiving, which are called Bet Requests on the betconnect platform. Every Bet Request is financially backed by the Pro so they can be safe in the knowledge that their interests are aligned. If the Punter chooses to Follow the Bet Request and the Pro wins, they win too.

Underpinning the betconnect user experience is a technology platform and algorithm that has been engineered by a team of Silicon Valley inspired software engineers based in the UK. The platform leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide a highly personalised and seamless experience for both punters and pros.

Mark Weaver, co-founder of betconnect said, “Business is booming for British bookmakers and we believe it’s time to tip things back in favour of punters. Betconnect is a place where regular punters can benefit from the expertise of Pros who’ve been restricted by bookmakers.”

Dan Schreiber, co-founder of betconnect said, “Millions enjoy betting as a hobby and now recreational punters can follow the bets of professional gamblers. The central idea is about sharing expertise in a way that everyone benefits. eToro has proved the concept and appetite of people to be guided by financial trading experts. We are applying the same concept to betting. Recreational punters are able to join betconnect, browse our directory of pros, and connect with the ones whose bets they are interested in following.”

 

About betconnect:

Betconnect is the world’s only social betting platform that gives you access to the bets of professional gamblers. We send you personalised bets – each called a Bet Request – direct from the Pros for you to Match. Many of our Pros have had their accounts restricted or closed so they can’t place bets with traditional bookmakers. Betconnect Ltd is licenced and regulated by the U.K. Gambling Commission (Number: 000-044346-R-323354-001) for customers in Great Britain.

 


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