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TIGA, the trade association
representing the UK games industry, said today that the
in Barcelona showed that innovation
was intensifying in the mobile phones sector.
More than 74,000 people are attending the trade show which
showcases the very latest phones from most of the big players in
The unveiling of the new Firefox mobile operating system has
attracted much attention, opening up potential new markets for game
developers. TIGA believe that the low-cost nature of the operating
system will further increase the take up of smartphones.
Another innovation that has been attracting attention is LG's
demonstration of video streaming in 4K, allowing for ultra HD over
Wi-Fi to phones. This would allow for game streaming services to
turn phones into gaming machines that more than match up to home
AR spectacles, similar to Google Glass, are also turning heads.
It demonstrates the talent within the mobile space and the
continuing innovation in the sector.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has also been a massive launch. It
brings the S Pen stylus on to a smaller tablet which could open up
Nintendo DS style gaming on a smaller pad.
Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, said:
“The Mobile Games Congress in Barcelona showed the extent
of innovation that is taking place in the mobile phones sector.
Innovation is being driven by intense competition and this is good
for consumers and developers. Manufacturers are devising new ways
for people to interact with their phones such as wearable
technology in a similar vein to Google Glass. They also look to
producing faster handsets and better streaming capabilities as well
as different display qualities and enhanced sound capabilities.
“As smartphones and tablets evolve into powerful game
platforms, top tier mobile games increasingly resemble console
games. UK studios with their great experience in console
development are well suited to take advantage of these increasingly
powerful and innovative devices.”
Jason Kingsley OBE, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director
at Rebellion, said:
“A massive show like the MWC in Barcelona shows just how
important new technology and new games experiences are to the tech
sector. Hardware, no matter how innovative, needs great software to
give it a purpose.”
TIGA research from 2012 showed that there were 134 British games
businesses making games for mobile in the UK today, providing work
for nearly 960 highly skilled development staff and contributing
£98.5 million to UK GDP. In 2011 these studios released or
updated 460 titles.
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games
industry. The majority of our members are either independent games
developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have
games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and
universities amongst our membership. Since 2010, TIGA has won 14
business awards and has been nominated a finalist for 16 other
TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to
do games business. We focus on three sets of activities:
political representation, generating media coverage and developing
services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.
This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the
corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they
receive benefits that make a material difference to their
businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial
For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA
CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: