Abertay games get 'pat' on head

Tuesday 3rd May 2011
3D expectations differ for games versus film as set out in the 2011 U-Decide Initiative the only S-3D gaming report http://www.spawnpoint.com/news/28962/3D_Expectations_Differ_For_Games_Versus_Film_Says_U_Decide_2011

In its official response to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee report on the computer games industry, the Government supported the “great opportunities” the “major global industry” of computer games offers to the UK economy. But its pat on the head does not include pocket money for games companies unlike their glamorous film cousins. Those not within the Abertay game axis, also seem doubtful of the ability to be successful in bid funding.

Government praised the ongoing focus at Abertay University in working with businesses to give graduates industry-relevant skills, as well as saying it is “very pleased with progress” on the £5m Prototype Fund run by Abertay University for investing in new creative companies.

"However," says Paul Durrant, director of Business Development "it is disappointing not to see the cultural importance of the games industry being accepted as equal to that of the film industry, particularly as the UK film industry benefits from tax relief because of this status.”
The original Scottish Affairs Committee report, launched at Abertay University in February described Abertay as “a beacon of how successfully to equip graduates for work in the industry” and recommended it be used as a model for education across the UK.
Paul added: “Abertay University will continue to work with leading companies and the Government to ensure we produce graduates with the technical, business and team-working skills the games industry needs to grow and thrive.
“As we see huge new opportunities open up in social and mobile gaming, industry-ready graduates and initiatives such as our Prototype Fund for new, small businesses will become more and more important to a strong, sustainable UK economy.

Judging from website comment the feeling is that: "This still feels like money that will stay in Abertay.  I even asked them to pass my details (john@tudocs.org) to Paul Durrant, but that's the last I heard."

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