Craig Fletcher has launched a plan that details how he’d support the games and esports industries if he was to make it into Parliament.
The Liberal Democrats’ Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Romsey & Southampton North worked in gaming and esports prior to his candidacy.
Fletcher has announced that he would expand the UK Games Fund from its current cap of £1 million per year, improve the broadband infrastructure for the nation, defend video games tax relief, implement visa clarity for esports, and educate politicians about the benefits of both industries.
He founded games and esports event management company Multiplay in 1997, serving as its CEO until 2016. When the company was acquired by GAME Digital late in the year, he held the position of SVP Esports and Competitive Gaming Strategy until December 2017.
From there, he has served as an Advisory Board Member of the British Esports Association, and Founder & Principal Consultant of advisory firm Wicked Sick. He’s also invested in, and advised, the likes of Rocket Lolly Games, Aggero, Gameye, and Ascension Ventures.
Fletcher commented on his plans in a release: “I know what a positive impact games and esports have on our economy, our culture and our society. The sectors deserve a real champion in Parliament, and I’m ready to do just that.”
Esports Insider says: We’re happy with a lot of the plans that Fletcher has proposed. The games industry is huge already and esports is only going to keep growing, so having a nation that encourages and supports though endeavors seems like a no-brainer to us.