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More than 65 UK businesses take to Paris for Game Connection 2014

29 October 2014 London, United Kingdom – Ukie also puts call out for more trade and investment support from UK government.

This year’s Game Connection Paris conference, starting today, has more than 65 UK games businesses in attendance across the three days. Ukie will be running the UK area on the show floor which is home to over 20 British companies, located at booth F81 on the show floor. Games companies who are part of the Ukie space have saved more than £11k in exhibition costs, partly thanks to UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grants, despite a reduction in funding to support these events and the number of these grants available to SMEs this year.

CEO of Ukie, Dr Jo Twist said: “The UK is an amazing place to make and sell games and that message needs to be promoted confidently internationally. Trade shows like Game Connection are key marketplaces for UK companies to find new partners to do more business internationally. We help companies get to these shows at low cost and we promote the UK’s identity as a sector there.”

Dr Twist made a call for more funding to promote the UK games sector overseas: “The TAP grants are invaluable to enable SMEs get to these key expos, to have meeting space and to do deals. In the year that games tax relief comes online and we have a clear Government strategy for increasing trade across the creative industries, it seems counterintuitive to reduce the support for companies to access key potential partners internationally. Trade and investment support of this kind from government is critical to ensure the success of policy interventions like the games tax relief scheme so we can attract inward investment and increase exports of our UK-made games and services to the rest of the world.”

There will be a UK Industry VIP drinks reception in partnership with Multiplay and Playfab, at Bar Heuresup at 299 Rue Lecourbe, 75015 Paris, France on Thursday 30 October at 7pm.

General Manager of Playfab Mark Val said: “Playfab are proud to be sponsoring the UK VIP drinks reception alongside Multiplay at this year’s Game Connection. Events like the reception are a fantastic way to meet key industry contacts which are so important to doing business and a great way of celebrating our industry. We look forward to sharing a drink with all attendees in Paris.”

Craig Fletcher, CEO and Founder of Multiplay said: “We have sponsored Ukie’s drink receptions at prominent global events before, and they are always a great time with lots of opportunities for networking. We are looking forward to working alongside both Ukie and PlayFab at this year’s Game Connection to continue promoting the ever-growing UK games industry, and we hope to see as many of our partners and peers attending as possible.”

If you are interested in attending the drinks reception, please sign up on the eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ukie-drinks-reception-game-connection-paris-tickets-13824139373

Here is a list of UK companies exhibiting on the Ukie-led UK Industry Stand at Game Connection:

Amuzo

Born Ready Games

Bundle Stars | Focus Multimedia Limited

deltaDNA

Firebrand Games

Games Workshop Group Plc

GameSparks Ltd

Mediatonic Ltd

Multiplay

Nintendo UK

Nvidia – EMEAI

Nyamyam

Oink (Virtual Piggy)

Onebip by Neomobile

OPM Response Ltd

Oysterworld Ltd

PEER 1 Hosting

Perforce Software

Sumo Digital Ltd

Tag Games

Tangentix Ltd.

TechExcel Inc

Universally Speaking

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