TIGA Press Releases
TIGA chairman Jason Kingsley award an OBE
Publish Date: Saturday 16th June 2012
Jason Kingsley, the Chairman of TIGA, the trade
association representing the UK games industry, has been made an OBE in
the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The recognition for Jason Kingsley for his services to the economy comes amid a career which has so far spanned nearly 30 years. Mr Kingsley is the CEO, Creative Director and co-founder of Rebellion, one of the top independent game developers in the world. He was instrumental in the founding of TIGA in 2001 and has been a leading voice in the organisation ever since, having been its former vice-chair and now honorary Chairman.
During his time with TIGA, he has advised Ministers to ensure the computer games industry remains on the agenda of Government thinking on tax, employment, promoting British industry and encouraging economic growth. The Government's announcement to hand Games Tax Relief to developers in the UK was a major victory for TIGA. TIGA has been key in disseminating best practice information and advice amongst the UK’s independent game development sector.
TIGA has additionally been crucial in engaging with the government and with the media about the benefits and importance of the video games sector to the UK. As part of his wider work, Mr Kingsley has undertaken an extensive programme of school and college visits to talk to young people about working in the computer games industry, as well as ensuring Rebellion has aprogressive work experience programme. Rebellion has grown over 20 years – it was formed in 1992 - into a multi-million pound turnover private company, employing approximately 250 people.
Rebellion has achieved 19 number one games chart positions, playing a significant part in the history of this exciting and creative sector. The firm also helps mark out Oxford as a beacon of high-tech industry, away from the traditional centres around London. Jason has also excelled in the area of comics, purchasing the UK’s leading science fiction comic 2000 AD in 2000 and running it successfully for over a decade since then. 2000 AD is the home of iconic British comic characters such as Judge Dredd. Prior to founding Rebellion, Mr Kingsley was a freelance games designer and artist for eight years.
Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:
"Jason's recognition is well-deserved. He has combined creative and artistic vision with business and commercial success. He has devoted considerable time and effort for free to supporting, improving and promoting the UK independent games development sector.
"Under Jason’s direction Rebellion has achieved 19 worldwide number ones, achieving considerable commercial success.
"TIGA, under his Chairmanship has won several awards including Trade Association of the Year for both 2010 and 2011, the first time an association has won the award in consecutive years. Everybody at TIGA is delighted that his work within the videogame sector has been recognised in such an important way.”
Notes to editors:
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 11 business awards and has been nominated a finalist for 9 other awards. In 2010 TIGA won two business awards including ‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum.
In 2011, TIGA won eight business awards including ‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum, ‘Outstanding Organisation’ from the Chartered Management Institute and two Global Business Excellence Awards, including ‘Outstanding Marketing Campaign’. Richard Wilson won the ‘Leadership Award’ from the Trade Association Forum and the ‘Outstanding Leader’ award from the Chartered Management Institute. In 2012, Richard Wilson won the IoD’s East of England Director of the Year Award. TIGA is an Investors in People organisation.
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 opportunities.
For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.