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Tiga Calls For Georgia Style Tax Break In UK

Tiga Calls For Georgia Style Tax Break In UK

May 19, 2008 | By David Jenkins

May 19, 2008 | By David Jenkins
More: Console/PC

UK trade association Tiga (The Independent Game Developers Association) has once again railed against the British Government over its lack of preferential treatment for developers, using the new tax breaks in Georgia as an example of help given in other countries.

The recently announced new law gives a tax break worth up to 30 percent for television, movie and video game production studios working in the state. Tiga has long argued that similar tax breaks are needed in the UK, following long standing government help in Canada, France and elsewhere.

“Georgia’s introduction of games development tax breaks illustrates once again that other state and national governments are competing to create the most hospitable environment for games production,” said Tiga CEO Richard Wilson.

“If the UK Government wants to see a thriving video games industry in this country," Wilson continued, "then it must create a more favourable taxation system, keep the regulatory burden on business relatively light and work to increase the supply of suitably qualified graduates.”

He concluded, “The UK games development sector continues to be a world beating industry, but we cannot afford to ignore the heavily subsidised competition. The playing field continues to be tipped against UK games developers. Our position as a leading player in the development of video games is at stake.”

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