Westminster Media Forum

The UK video games sector - competitiveness and growth, consumer protection, and priorities for policy in the new parliament

Morning, Thursday, 5th March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference focuses on next steps for the UK video games sector.


Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss what is needed to secure future growth and competitiveness for the UK video games sector, priorities for policy and regulation and key issues for consumer protection.


With the creative industries emerging as a renewed focus for the new government, key policy developments affecting the video games sector to be examined include:

  • The future of the Creative Industries Cluster Programme following industry calls for the Government to develop targeted growth strategies for video games clusters;
  • The prospects for policy on the R&D tax credit rate, start-up loans, copyright and licensing rules and creative enterprise zones;
  • The recently-announced ban on gambling with credit cards, and Children’s Commissioner and CMS Committee recommendations for loot box regulation under the Gambling Act;
  • Industry responsibility and the Online Harms White Paper, publication of the final version of the ICO Age appropriate design code; and
  • Expansion of the shortage of occupation list to include a number of video games industry-specific roles.

Speakers

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Steve Wood, Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office;
  • Victoria MacCallum, Deputy Director, Creative Industries, DCMS;
  • Brad Enright, Programme Director, Regulatory Framework and Outcomes, Gambling Commission;
  • Dr Jo Twist, Chief Executive Officer, UKIE; and
  • Ian Livingstone, Non-executive Chairman, Sumo Group and Co-Founder, Hiro Capital.

Further confirmed speakers include: Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones, National Centre for Gaming Disorders and Royal College of Psychiatrists; Marie-Claire Isaaman, Women in Games; Sophie Linington, Parent Zone; Nick Nocton, Mishcon de Reya and Sean Taylor, InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise and International Game Developers Association.


The agenda

  • The UK’s positioning in the global video games sector - international competitiveness and value to the economy;
  • Sustaining high tech sector growth - access to talent and funding for product innovation, new business models and managing scale;
  • Data protection and future game design - the role of the ICO’s age appropriate design code;
  • Links between gaming and gambling - latest thinking and assessing what further oversight might be required;
  • Policy priorities - for supporting the development of the UK video games sector;
  • Investment in R&D, supporting SMEs and market entrants, and priorities for meeting the skills demand; and
  • Protecting the interests of consumers - industry responsibility, regulatory developments, and assessing the evidence and options relating to gaming disorder.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Media Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DCMS; HMRC; the Cabinet Office; the Competition and Markets Authority; Ofcom and Defra.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Jo Twist

Chief Executive Officer, UKIE

Steve Wood

Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Keynote Speakers

Brad Enright

Programme Director, Regulatory Framework and Outcomes, Gambling Commission

Ian Livingstone

Non-executive Chairman, Sumo Group and Co-Founder, Hiro Capital

Victoria MacCallum

Deputy Director, Creative Industries, DCMS

Dr Jo Twist

Chief Executive Officer, UKIE

Steve Wood

Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Chairs

Alex Sobel MP

Lord McInnes of Kilwinning

Member, House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee

Speakers

Nick Nocton

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Director, National Centre for Gaming Disorders and Royal College of Psychiatrists Spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions

Sean Taylor

Project Director, InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise and Member, International Game Developers Association

Sophie Linington

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Parent Zone

Marcia Deakin

Games Partnership Director, NextGen Skills Academy

Marie-Claire Isaaman

Chief Executive Officer, Women in Games