Developer trade body Tiga has claimed that the 2009 budget fails the British games industry and that Chancellor Alistair Darling has 'missed a trick' in effectively ignoring one of the UK's most productive and profitable creative sectors.
The latest games industry research by the NPD Group says that the games industry is effectively recession-proof with consumers set to maintain or increase their spending on games throughout 2009.
EA has published its latest financial results today, with the news not looking good for over 1,100 members of staff at 12 EA facilities worldwide that are forced to close as part of the publisher's latest round of cost-cutting measures.
ExclusiveFollowing news earlier this week that British games developers were less than impressed with Lord Carter's recent interim report on Digital Britain, games publishers' trade body ELSPA have also expressed a few reservations about the Government's report.
As the games industry hits its busiest time of the year over the next month, many are wondering if the trade is somehow 'credit crunch proof', with yet more record sales planned for Xmas '08.