From playing to politics: Insomnia founder Craig Fletcher to stand for Parliament, outlines plan to support UK esports industry

Craig Fletcher, games investor and the founder of Insomnia Gaming Festival, is running for Parliament.

The Libreral Democrats’ Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Romsey & Southampton North has launched a plan to support the UK games and esports industries if he was elected to Parliament.

Craig wants to be a Government Minister with responsibility for growing esports and bringing major events to the UK, create some clarity around visas for esports and educate politicians on the games and esports sectors.

He also wants to expand the UK Games Fund beyond £1 million a year, improve the UK’s fibre broadband infrastructure, defend video game tax relief and get creative skills back into the curriculum.

As a Lib Deb, Craig is also pushing to stop Brexit and keep the UK in the European Union. You can see his plan in full at the bottom of this article and on Craig Fletcher’s website.

Craig said: “It’s time that video games and esports had some proper representation and support in Westminster. That’s why I’m announcing my plan to support the UK games and esports industries.”

“I know what a positive impact games and esports have on our economy, our culture and our society. The sectors deserve a real champion in Parliament, and I’m ready to do just that.”

Craig Fletcher

Craig also welcomed Sir Vince Cable to the launch of Romsey & Southampton North’s election campaign this week.  

Before becoming a candidate, Craig’s career has been in the video games and esports industry.

He set up Multiplay while he was still at university, growing it to a business that provided 100 local jobs. Multiplay was acquired by GAME Digital PLC in 2016.

Since then, Craig has been an active backer of games, esports and technology businesses across the UK and the EU. These businesses have included ChilliConnect (acquired by Unity), Gameye and Toadman Studios.

Craig Fletcher’s plan in full

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