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Time to end the dangerous split between ELSPA and Tiga?
Frontier has just announced that it has joined ELSPA.
The developer, famous for Dog’s Life and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and led by David Braben, says that “ ELSPA addresses what we as game creators feel are the key strategic issues now facing us, including piracy, ratings and the pre-owned situation.”
One of my key themes is that all developers are becoming publishers. With the emergence of the Internet, the lines between developers (who create games) and publishers (who finance, sell, market and distribute games) is rapidly blurring. Add in public policy issues like age-ratings and the Byron report which will affect any developer trying to sell direct-to-consumer (for example, if they run flash games or are considering a casual MMO) and you can understand why Frontier has joined up.
The historic split between ELSPA and TIGA is looking ever more anachronistic, even though both organisations do worthy and valuable work.
Is it time for British developers and publishers to put aside their differences and merge their trade bodies into one?