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How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?

How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?

How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?

How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?

 

Everyone in the UK should already know what Brexit Referendum is by now, a vote that will decide the future of the UK whether it be inside or outside of the European Union.  

As a UK based site, this vote is something that will affect us in the future and while it is not exactly related to the PC games and hardware that we usually cover, it is something that will certainly affect the countries economic standing, both inside and outside of the PC, gaming and hardware industries. 

Today Deep Silver UK shared some data from MCV online, providing us with some useful data that was collected by the UKIE, the UK's games trade body, which polled its member companies to gauge what their outlook for the UK games industry is post-Brexit and post-remain for the next two years. This poll was conducted confidentially and was responded to by 20% of UKIE's members. The poll was conducted between the 23rd of May and 10th of June, making this data very recent. 

Both sides of the Referendum debate have compelling arguments, with Brexit supporters looking to gain more political independence/control and remain campaigners focusing on the stronger economic potential of the UK inside the European union. 

 

    How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?   How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?   

(Industry outlooks: Post Remain Vote (Left) Post Leave Vote (Right))

 

In the UKIE poll 92% of respondents either viewed the potential growth of the UK games industry very positively or fairly positively, whereas, after a leave, or Brexit vote, only 19% of respondents were as positive.    

Like all polls this data merely shows what game developers think, giving us no clear-cut way of explaining the reasoning behind these results.

 

How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?

(Developer opinions on the UK's supply of highly-skilled or specialist talent/workers)

  

One of the largest concerns for video game developers is hiring talented staff to work on their projects, with highly skilled workers in specific fields being fairly hard to come by.  

In the polls above and below it is obvious that game developers don't think that the UK has enough "specialised talent" to adequately supply the UK games industry, with many seeing uncertainty about immigration and the lack of "EU free movement" as being bad for business. 

Remain supporters claim that leaving the EU will reduce the supply of highly skilled/talented migrant staff to the UK, with Brexit supporters claiming that the country will adopt an Australia like "points system" to allow for specialist migrations into the UK from across the world, not just from the EU. The "points system" will give access to talented workers globally but will leave a mountain of paperwork in the way of hiring new migrant staff, meaning that neither side has a perfect solution. 

The "points system" will give access to talented workers globally but will leave a pile of paperwork in the way of hiring new migrant staff, meaning that neither side has a ideal solution. 

 

How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?   How will the UK's Brexit Referendum affect video game developers?   

(Questions on the importance of immigration and the EU to find highly skilled staff)

 

At OC3D we are not here to choose a side in this debate, but provide our readers with an insight into the minds of the UK's game developers when considering this important vote.  

Inside the UK many say that this will be the most important vote for the UK in a generation, making it important that the electorate vote for what they think is the right move for the country as a whole. 

The Referendum on the UK's membership in the European Union will take place tomorrow, June 23rd, with results publishing on the following day.   

 

What do you think of the UK's Referendum on EU membership? Do you think it will affect the UK's video game industry? You can join the discussion on how Brexit will affect video game developers on the OC3D Forums

 

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22-06-2016, 12:36:46

notcool
A few points, in the 1990s our games development industry was almost as big as Japan and we had much less immigration than compared with today. Most of the people coming from the EU have little or no skills working in mainly unskilled jobs with poor english.

Also "a mountain of paperwork to get new skilled individuals" erm no, all you do is ask them do they have an interview at said games studio and which, do they have qualification certificates with them, do they have a criminal record, have they money to support them, etc. This is exactly what Australia does, check out Nothing to Declare on Challenge TV if you want to see it action.

All this referendum is is, do we want to be an independent nation making our own laws or be governed from somewhere else. I sure as hell know which way I'll be voting.Quote

22-06-2016, 12:45:32

Tolemac
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Originally Posted by notcool View Post
All this referendum is is, do we want to be an independent nation making our own laws or be governed from somewhere else. I sure as hell know which way I'll be voting.
I know which way i'll be voting too. I used to work for HMRC Investigation Division in the early 1990's, I was told back then about how difficult it is going to be to control our borders when they opened them to the EU.Quote

22-06-2016, 13:24:55

barnsley
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Originally Posted by notcool View Post
A few points, in the 1990s our games development industry was almost as big as Japan and we had much less immigration than compared with today.
The Videogaming industry was also much smaller than it is now. Not sure what you're trying to prove?


It also doesn't help that successive Governments have neglected education around computing. Its amazing how people blame the EU for everything that has gone wrong with this country when a large amount of our 'problems' are easily traceable to decades of crap policy by the tories and labour.

Yes the EU is crap but alot of things wrong with the UK is not really the EU's fault. We've got a much bigger problem closer to home then a bunch of elected representatives who barely show up to vote (seriously, look at the attendance record for our eu reps, nice job on not showing too, Nigel).

Before anyone says anything, no I'm not a remainian. I despise the remain camp as much as the leave camp. I've had fun debating every idiot whos tried to convince me to vote their side so far.

Its scaremongering at its finest and I hate that the UK has sunk to USA style political crap. Saying that, its also proven that as a country we're still very classist (good job Bob and your boat of guffawing champagne socialist pricks laughing at some fishermen) so nice to know the UK hasn't moved on from the 80s.

The vote should have been cast with the ruling that no political party could endorse a side. That would have made things much more clear.

Vote remain* so we can pool all the money together, build a big rocket, and push the earth into the sun using said rocket so we can end it all.

that all said, its producing some pretty sick memes

*lol jk vote whoever you want, I'm still undecided and I'm sure I'll regret whoever I end up voting forQuote

22-06-2016, 13:33:29

SeekaX
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Originally Posted by notcool View Post
A few points, in the 1990s our games development industry was almost as big as Japan and we had much less immigration than compared with today. Most of the people coming from the EU have little or no skills working in mainly unskilled jobs with poor english.

Also "a mountain of paperwork to get new skilled individuals" erm no, all you do is ask them do they have an interview at said games studio and which, do they have qualification certificates with them, do they have a criminal record, have they money to support them, etc. This is exactly what Australia does, check out Nothing to Declare on Challenge TV if you want to see it action.

All this referendum is is, do we want to be an independent nation making our own laws or be governed from somewhere else. I sure as hell know which way I'll be voting.
In 1990 the games industry was nowhere near as big as it is today, no point in comparing.
I wonder what you think the rest of the EU is like, i know of quite a few countries which are more developed in terms of education (or in general really) than the UK. It's also not like the UK doesn't have its fair share of home-grown uneducated, unskilled and most likely unemployed people, every country has those.
Being part of an international community means following the rules of an international community, those rules aren't made up by some foreign brit hating entity but from the community as a whole. It's like complaining that your city can't have its own laws and is instead governed by people from the other side of the country, you need to get away from that 'everybody who isn't from the UK is a potential enemy' mentality. A citizen of the EU (or any civilized country really) is just as likely having your best interest at heart as one of your countrymen.
This doesn't mean that the EU is without flaws, of course it has flaws, it's a huge project. But maybe instead of quitting you could try and improve on it like the rest of us.

Notice how this disgusting foreigner is capable of using the english language, quite a lot better than a few of your chavs even.Quote

22-06-2016, 13:36:23

shambles1980
i expected to open this article and read..

"It wont affect it at all"

And nothing else.. To be greeted with this veritable wall of text was some what surprising.Quote
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