MEP Alex Mayer warned that Brexit is taking its toll on the computer games industry at a meeting with the creator of the high tech CBBC show BAMZOOKI, Jeremy Cooke.
Gaming industry trade body UKIE has found that 40% of UK based games companies are considering relocating after Brexit, as they rely on skilled workers from the EU. Many smaller developers also currently receive funding from the Creative Europe programme which could be cut off post Brexit.
The sector is a big player in the East of England with 174 independent games developer companies registered with UKIE.
One developer that has already closed its doors is Ely based Freekstorm Games, citing uncertainty because of Brexit.
Ms. Mayer said: "Brexiteers really are living in a virtual reality if they think that the UK is going to be better off because of Brexit.
“Brexit could mean the Mass Effect of the UK games industry going into complete Free-Fall, as developers and designers relocate out of the UK like Lemmings in order to keep themselves in business.
“We are already seeing the Fallout from the Brexit Minefield in the games industry now. It could spell absolute DOOM for UK developers.”