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28 July 2009

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today warned that any increase in tuition fees for undergraduates after the next general election should not be used as an excuse by government to reduce public sector expenditure on higher education.

The video games industry and the wider UK economy need a greater supply of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates. Any increase in student tuition fees after 2010 must serve to achieve this strategic objective. TIGA made the comments in response to Lord Mandelson’s speech on student tuition fees at Birbeck University in Central London.
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So the new PEGI ratings brand will be on products by summer.  If you haven’t been following the whole dialema PEGI have been going through a number of re-designs of their ratings to make them more appealing as the single rating board for videogames.  Their final re-design has been confirmed to be in production already and through manufacture time scales should be in stores by the summer.

“We are very happy with this result. The best system won in the end. PEGI was always designed from the outset for games. PEGI is able to react to the games industry – legislation and other systems just don’t move that fast. We authorized publishers to start using the symbols as of last week – it obviously takes a while for them to work through the manufacturing system, but those new ratings will be seen in shops by the end of the summer.” – ISFE boss Simon Little

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