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Will politics kill Vancouver's video game industry?

Will politics kill Vancouver's video game industry? Exclusive

August 17, 2012 | By Staff

"Politics could mismanage [Vancouver's game industry] into the Stone Age... We have to stop these guys, and really try to turn things around."
- Zeros 2 Heroes Media president Matt Toner warns that Vancouver's troubled game industry could get worse if the city's government doesn't help meet the needs of local developers.

Vancouver's paltry tax credits, among other issues, have become a critical issue for developers, as they've allowed other Canadian cities with more attractive tax schemes to steal away developers like Rockstar's Vancouver branch.

Toner also says the tax scheme is "queerly worded," making it difficult for small companies to access money for their projects. He believes that if more resources were devoted to small businesses, it would go a long way help pull Vancouver back from the brink.

But Vancouver's government is too preoccupied with holding onto power and playing politics to pay attention to its reeling game industry, argues Toner, who is running for public office.

If they don't start to realize what's going on with Vancouver's game industry, which is already beset with layoffs and studio closures, the city stands to lose a lot more of its talent.

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