The UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has told attendees at the Develop conference in Brighton that video games are just as important to British culture as cinema. He pointed out video game development is taking its rightful place alongside the film industry as one of the UK’s most important assets. Vaizey pointed out that there are 33.5 million gamers in the UK with ages ranging from 8 and 74.
“It’s also clustered – it’s not one of those industries that’s based in London, it’s everywhere from Brighton to Dundee. So it was easy for me to become a champion of the games industry, and push for games to take their rightful place alongside some of the more vocal creative industries like film.”
A key emphasis though, was on the cultural role of games. “The British film industry – and this has been a passion of mine – has expanded its remit to support the games industry,” he said. “Games are taking their rightful place alongside the film industry as one of our most important assets.”