Video Games Europe welcomes EU Council’s Conclusions on Europe’s Video Game Sector


Brussels, 24 November 2023
– Today, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union adopted Council conclusions on the Video games sector, entitled “Enhancing the creative and cultural dimension of the European video games sector”. These conclusions further recognise the video games industry as a priority creative industry for the EU. Within the conclusions, Video Games Europe welcomes the Council’s:

  • Acknowledgement of the sector’s economic potential contributing to Europe’s digital and cultural future, including its potential for cross-sectoral innovation.
  • Strong recognition of the value of Intellectual Property in games  and how it supports Europe’s competitiveness.
  • Recommendation to the Commission to examine how existing support instruments can be better adapted to support game development in Europe in the video game sector.
  • Call to foster initiatives aiming at attracting and training talents, which are essential for the growth and creativity of European video game companies.
  • A recognition of the sector’s longstanding commitment to minor protection.

Video Games Europe CEO Simon Little said: “We welcome the Council’s conclusions that recognise the significant economic, creative and cultural contribution our sector makes to Europe. The continent has a unique opportunity to be a leading place for video game development, employing more than 110 000 people today, and tomorrow even more if the right incentives are in place.

Europe’s video games sector is worth €24.5bn, and 53% of Europeans are video game players. Read our Key Facts report for the latest data on Europe’s video games sector. For further information, please contact:

Nicholas Elles
VP Communications and Public Affairs
Twitter: @videogames_EU
LinkedIn: Video Games Europe
Heidi Lambert
Press Relations
tel: +44 7932 141291

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Since 1998, Video Games Europe has ensured that the voice of a responsible games ecosystem is heard and understood. Its mission is to support and celebrate the sector’s creative and economic potential and to ensure that players around the world enjoy the benefits of great video game playing experiences. Video Games Europe represents major European and international video game companies and national trade associations across the continent.