June 30th, 2020: IIDEA is delighted to announce that it has joined the European Games Developer Foundation (EGDF).
EGDF is an umbrella organisation which unites major national trade associations representing game developer studios in Europe. Its mission is to build policies that support the growth of the European game development studios and foster growth of the entire digital ecosystem in Europe.
Mauro Fanelli, Vice President and Developer Representative of IIDEA explained why the association has joined EGDF: “Membership of EGDF represents another pillar in fulfilling IIDEA’s objectives of thought leadership and advocacy for the Italian video games sector domestically and internationally, and is a natural next step following our rebrand.”
“We already feel that Italy is part of the wider European videogames ecosystem – with talent and ideas already freely flowing between individuals and companies. Our membership of EGDF is a formal next step and will add Italian voices to EGDF’s campaigns to strengthen our sector. The timing is apposite because we’re facing uncertainty caused by the fallout from COVID-19, and strongly believe that international cooperation will be key to ensuring a robust, sustained recovery.
We’re also looking forward to sharing best practice across a network of other European countries’ developer associations. We believe that by speaking with one voice we will be in a stronger position to lobby European institutions for support, such as funding and tax breaks.”
Hendrik Lesser, President of EGDF added: “IIDEA as the newest member of EGDF will help EGDF and its member associations to have an even stronger and more united voice in Brussels. Extending our membership base and getting it ready for the challenges ahead has always been a key priority for us - Italy offers a diverse and prospering ecosystem in game development and therefore is a great addition to our cause.”