Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
October 24, 2014
arrowPress Releases
October 24, 2014
PR Newswire
View All

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

UK video game tax breaks are still up in the air
UK video game tax breaks are still up in the air
June 20, 2013 | By Mike Rose

June 20, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The UK is still waiting for video game tax breaks, despite the fact that they should have been in place by now -- and UK trade body TIGA today urged the EU Commission to put its foot down on the decision.

In the month that the proposed tax breaks were meant to come into effect, the EU Commission launched an investigation into the case for such a relief program, stating that it does not believe that aid is necessary to stimulate the production of video games in the UK.

In a direct response to the EU Commission today, TIGA CEO Richard Wilson argued that video games are cultural products similar to other audio-visual creations, such as film, that already receive tax breaks.

And Wilson noted that video game tax breaks would directly result in culturally British games being developed.

"Many games made in the UK are made with an international or Americanised theme, with culturally British elements eliminated," he said. "Games tax relief will enable more studios to self-publish and keep a British feel in their games, [and] will reduce the cost of games development in the UK and so could incentivise global publishers to take more of a risk on developing games with a British character."

He also noted parallels with those countries that have game tax breaks. While the UK development sector shrunk by 7 percent between 2008 and 2012, the Canadian games industry grew by 33 percent between 2008 and 2011.

Elsewhere, Wilson challenged the notion that game tax relief for the UK will distort the EU's internal market, arguing that it is "primarily an outward facing measure addressing competitors beyond the borders of the EU rather than between other EU Member states."

And he noted that the scope of the relief is curtailed -- expenditures for gambling games and advertising games are not eligible, while marketing and speculative costs are not included in the relief.

Whether this call to arms from TIGA will cause a change of pace in the EU Commission's investigation remains to be seen.

Related Jobs

Yoh — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Build & Test Engineer
The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey — Ewing, New Jersey, United States

Assistant Professor - Interactive Multi Media - Tenure Track
Bohemia Interactive Simulations
Bohemia Interactive Simulations — Prague, Czech Republic

Game Designer
Next Games
Next Games — Helsinki, Finland

Senior Level Designer


Bart Stewart
profile image
Am I missing it, or are bylines and datelines no longer being displayed for the iPhone versions of Gamasutra stories?

I'd have used the contact information to send this question as a more directed note, except that the Contact info seems to have gone missing on the iPhone version of Gamasutra as well....