Britain?s dominance in the European games industry could be under threat if government action is not taken to address software piracy, skills shortages and confusing regulation, according to a white paper.
The report, compiled by the European Leisure Software Publishers' Association (ELSPA), acknowledges that UK games exports now total #417 million. But it warns that if the government does not tighten anti-piracy laws, put more investment into higher education training and work with the European Union the industry could rapidly go into a downward spiral.
?Although the industry has improved links with the government and other authorities in recent years, the leisure software sector remains a hidden asset,? said Roger Bennett, ELSPA?s director general.
?Britain has had an early lead in many industries in the past, only to throw them away. We want to ensure this does not happen in leisure software,? he added.
ELSPA predicts that #137 million in games sales will be lost next year in the UK due to software piracy. It is now demanding that the Home Office include a computer training course on the police CID curriculum to help curb the problem.
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