TIGA has announced the University of Glamorgan is the latest establishment to join the trade association for the UK games industry.
The Uni, which offers a range of video game courses, has recently seen graduates join the likes of EA, Sony, Crytek, Ninja Theory, Lionhead Studios and Blitz Game Studios.
Recently the Uni has secured funding from the Welsh Assembley to create a Digital Games Content Lab (DIGiLab) on campus at the university.
Using the DIGiLab the university hopes to produce digital game protoypes as well as forging associations between existing companies throughout the games industry.
The aim is to create a work based practical learning opportunity for graduates so they can become the future of game developers.
Dr. Richard Wilson TIGA CEO stated: “The Welsh assembly has shown considerable foresight by investing in the computer games sector and recognizing its potential for growth. We will assist The University of Glamorgan and DiGiLab wherever possible and hope this will be the start of a burgeoning gaming sector in Wales.”
Professor Robertson of The University of Glamorgan revealed, “The aim is to stimulate new product development of games content within existing media companies in Wales and also attract existing companies or start-ups to relocate to Wales.”
He added, “We are keen to work with TIGA and its members to spread the message that Wales is a fantastic place to live and work, with a talented workforce, relatively low overheads and a local Government committed to supporting the sector.”
TIGA has for the UK government to help support the UK games industry. Once again the trade association are pushing for a tax relief in the industry as well as lowering the tuition fees for mathematics and computer science degrees.