Blair gives nod to gaming industry

UK Prime Minister believes his country is "creative capital of the world," praises industries including games.

Tony Blair has praised the UK's gaming industry in a speech he delivered on March 8 at the Tate Modern in London. He was speaking to a group of representatives of various arts and creative industries from the UK--including the interactive and games businesses.

As part of his statement, Blair noted, "Culture spans so many disciplines. I am very much aware of the contribution from every quarter. There is not a sector represented...which has not contributed to the renaissance of British culture."

UK trade body ELSPA and publisher Eidos both praised the speech. ELSPA's director general Paul Jackson, commenting on the Prime Minister's words, said, "It is good to hear the Prime Minister's speech and the government's recognition of the creative industries in Britain and their contribution to the culture and essence of the country. The games industry is a proud member of these industries."

Eidos creative director, Ian Livingstone, added, "Games are now viewed more positively and as the industry matures, the appeal of games is broadening with more and more people, young and old, male and female, enjoying games on many different devises as part of their entertainment mix."

The UK games industry employs approximately 25,000 people and contributes £2 billion per annum to the country's economy.

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kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@Kaizen4 Yeah and should we get over the fact that a ridiculous amount of civilians and troops have been killed over there for an illegal war? Lets just move on, forget about it right? What do they matter? Sorry for this comment people but it is tactless morons like that that really make me angry!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Blair gives war on Iraq a nod The British gaming industry is a great one but it doesnt need recognition from that loser.

7thRonin
7thRonin

creative capital of the world... pff well not in gaming for sure.. montreal, tokyo, lol

weeeoops1520
weeeoops1520

good to see a politician who supports us, thx!!!

ithebigc
ithebigc

Totally agree with you, Agent_Clancy.

StumpyTrash
StumpyTrash

Perhaps unrelated, but I thought Blair was stepping down from his PM position in January... must be behind on world news. I don't get that Wii Channel. :P

Kaizen4
Kaizen4

Okay before everyone jumps on the Iraq war thing (Please come on people, it's happened -get over it. If you REALLY care, become a politician) But I'm impressed with the way Labour has embraced the new technology available to it... the new online voting system where you get to express your view on policies is awesome, The other day I received a reply from Mr Blair on the the new road tax issues. Maybe we could vote in the new elections using the Wii vote channel!

panteral3
panteral3

He's just trying to get people to forget he was all for the Iraq war. Moron.

crumble114
crumble114

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TTDog
TTDog

Why does the cynic inside me scream that he's only after the Youth vote with this?

nikefreak
nikefreak

"Sorry Blair, but Japanese games are where it's at" Sorry Agent, but Japanese games are where it was. The market now is more worldwide than before, and now Japan doesnt make or break the market anymore, it is more of a synergy.

gmax
gmax

Interesting...

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

If this guy would cut some tax like gas bills and some red tape then maybe the ps3 could have been much cheaper for the average joe or the homeless guy in the street! Lord knows where he'd get his power supply from ha, ha, ha, ha.....

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

It's good to see not everyone in Europe is seeking to ban videogames outright. Then again, Britain does have a governmental rating body that reviews all entertainment items.

Funkyhamster
Funkyhamster

This is a good sign... gaming is slowly getting more public respect.

Agent_Clancy
Agent_Clancy

Sorry Blair, but Japanese games are where it's at

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

[quote]Let's face it, labour is better than the damn conservatives.[/quote] Indeed. I am dreading the next elections. Prime Minister Cameron. =/

PackersRock
PackersRock

So, does the industry unlock an achievement/trophy for this. "secure a place in a speach given by the leader of a powerful nation. 25 points"

rocklegacy2
rocklegacy2

Let's face it, labour is better than the damn conservatives.

joeamis
joeamis

I wonder what Bush would say to NA videogame industry...

SaintSadistic
SaintSadistic

I guess he must have mixed the U.K. with the United States USA USA USA USA USA USA

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I don't care what he says about games. Tony Blairs government has totally ruined this country. The sooner him and his opportunist wife are out of number 10 the better.

DannyBoyVai
DannyBoyVai

Cool. Good to see Tony say something and not get a horrible reaction for once. Seems people love a hero, but love to see them fall even more than see tham fly. He's made some big mistakes in recent years but I don't believe hes a bad fellow. I refuse to jump on the popular bandwagons and hate the guy. I also refuse to stand behind everything he says :)... it's called dissent. True patriotism :). Anyhoo... games own. YAY!

shinakuma_2
shinakuma_2

Woot! I love Tony Blair...hes so sexy :P

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Wow 1st for once. Sorry to post on it but it doubleposted and I figured I would use the space. Have a great weekend everyone.