By Doug Hunter
Like a game of Pong, the referendum debate has been back and forth, there have been epic saves, cheap shots and we have entered the final rally, the ballot boxes are out there and the debate keeps on churning.
Interestingly, Pong is very close to home for EU referendums, the original home version was released at Christmas in the year 1975. We won’t all remember that year, but strangely, in June of the same year, the UK voted on whether to stay in the EU.
Referendum Pong so far
Leave 0 1 Remain
Back to round two of referendum Pong:
Our friends over at UKIE, which is the only trade body for the UK’s games and wider interactive entertainment industry, recently conducted a poll to find out where people in our beloved industry stood when it comes to the EU referendum.
Between the 23rd of May and the 10th of June, the confidential poll was responded too by 20% of its membership. Here are its findings;
When finding out about talent;
Are games companies prepared for Brexit should it happen then?
Does UKIE have a stance?
It is imperative to mention that UKIE will be here to help the games industry as it has so well in the past whatever the result in the early hours tomorrow morning. With that in mind and its position politically, UKIE has rightly refrained from backing either side but worked hard to gather and share the facts. UKIE has stated that the future is uncertain and it will re evaluate its position on how it can best support the industry after the results, we simply don’t know what will be next for the UK. There will most likely be another Scottish referendum within weeks, the leaders on various sides of the Tory Party will be reshuffled left right and center, (even more confusingly than trying to type the konami code on a touchscreen).
If you would like to see the results of the survey in full, here it is.
What is the industry saying then?
We had to look at some of the opinions going and it didn’t take link to find some views from around the UK gaming landscape, here the Guardian shared a piece titled “Why Brexit would be apocalyptic for the games industry” by Jane McConnell. A great read if you get a moment.
A quick look on social media shows the rest of the UK based games industry isn’t lying down and is playing its own shots on political Pong.
Just down the road we have ustwo (you may have heard of them from such titles as Monument Valley and Land’s End), which has made its stance public with tweets such as this and this company blog. I just wish they had rebranded to ustEU, but that’s just me.
Mike Bithell from Bithellgames.com which launched the beautiful thomas was alone, chips in with this tweet,
Another firm favourite of ours at Dimoso is George Osborn over at Mobile Mavericks who happens to have made his view clear here and has summed up in depth the debate for GamesIndustry.biz here – Brexit to Desktop?
As has Keith Andrew with this touching sentiment;
These are just some of our findings – not through lack of trying, we simply have not found any voices from the games industry at time of publishing. Do feel free to share any that you find from either side though.
Finally, what do you think? We would love to hear your thoughts on what is set to be a game changer for the UK, whatever the result.