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The META Games Industry Index opens for nominations today, with companies invited to nominate themselves or others for this showcase of the most innovative UK businesses in the interactive entertainment industry.

The META Games Industry Index campaign is powered by UMi and supported by Ukie, the trade association for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry. Its judges are on the lookout for businesses that exemplify the creativity, innovation, job creation and positive social impact of the thriving UK games industry. Businesses can nominate themselves or others through the website. 

Through the campaign, UMi and the index’s supporters and ambassadors will showcase companies that are doing more and going further in their businesses. These are the teams that are contributing to positive social outcomes, deploying innovation and technology, creating opportunities for employment and showing a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. 

Nicki Clark, Chief Executive of UMi, said: “There are so many games companies around the UK that are doing incredible work and have been keeping our nation entertained, educated and connected through what has undeniably been a tough year for many. These teams deserve recognition and we have created the META Games Industry to celebrate their achievements and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.” 

The META Games Industry Index offers everyone in the industry the opportunity to connect, learn more, celebrate success and tackle challenges together. The campaign will explore themes such as diversity, investment, levelling up, intellectual property, innovation, sustainability and export. A celebration event will officially launch the index report and offer attendees the chance to explore next steps for investment, collaboration and novel solutions to the industry’s challenges. 

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said: “The UK games industry has demonstrated that it is a force for good across the country by levelling up local economies, supporting wonderful charitable causes and bringing joy to players across the world. Their contribution deserves to be celebrated and we’re excited to help showcase the fantastic work done by companies throughout the land.” 

The index has already attracted the support of Games Workshop Co-founder and Fighting Fantasy Co-creator Ian Livingstone, and Sam Collins, Head of Commercial and Membership at Ukie, as ambassadors, with more to be announced soon. 

To nominate a business, go to www.metagamesindex.co.uk 

There is a range of opportunities to get involved in the campaign as a partner, ambassador or contributor. To discuss the opportunities for your business, contact Jamie Ross, Partnership Director, UMi by email jamie.ross@weareumi.co.uk or call 07469 408695.

The META Games Industry Index is a campaign powered by UMi, with the support of Ukie. The index highlights and celebrates the creativity, innovation, job creating and positive social impact of the games industry across the UK. For more information, please visit the META Games Industry Index website.

Neina Sheldon
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