UKTI games exporting event hailed a huge success…
A special UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) export event aimed at games developers has been hailed a huge success after nearly 40 companies from across England signed up to the West Midlands event.
The ‘Overseas Sales Growth for Gaming’ event, held in Leamington Spa, saw key figures in the gaming industry offering advice on how to expand into exporting, including Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, the trade body for the UK’s games and wider interactive entertainment industry, and Tim Crouch, US Sector Lead for the Creative and Media Industries from the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles.
Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Video Games, also attended the event at Arch Creatives and gave a keynote speech to delegates.
Neil Winfield, design director of Leamington-based Viewpoint Games Ltd, said now the company is in a position to grow, the time was right to approach UKTI about exporting.
“We attended the event and it was clear that we as a company seeking to grow, had to be at the Games Development Conference in San Francisco. We have already completed and submitted our application form,” he said.
Ajay Desai, Head of the International Trade Team, UKTI Coventry and Warwickshire, said:
“We were extremely pleased to see how many companies came to the event – there’s clearly an appetite among games developers to expand their reach by exporting and many of those who have not yet gone overseas were keen to hear how UKTI could help and support them.
“The mood was overwhelmingly positive and we’re looking forward to working with the companies as they either take the first step into exporting or look to enter further markets overseas.”
He added that several companies have signed up to attend the Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco, USA – a key market place for the worldwide industry, while a handful are taking steps to export for the first time through the UKTI Passport to Export scheme.
Any games developer interested in taking part in the conference, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07889 807476.
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