News Burst: UK's independent computer games developers unite

Will riding the TIGA mean a better deal for Britain's game makers?

Members of the UK's independent computer game developer community launched a trade association on Thursday that they hope will result in greater influence with software publishers and the government.

Founder members of The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) include Argonaut, Blitz Games and Kuju Entertainment. At Thursday's launch -- attended by e-Minister Patricia Hewitt -- representatives from TIGA said that by joining together, Britain's computer game creators will be in a stronger position.

TIGA hopes to persuade the government to give the computer game industry the same tax breaks enjoyed by the movie industry. It is also aiming to make it easier for small software houses to win funding from investors.

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