Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A new dawn for video games

In The Telegraph, Richard Wilson, the chief executive of video games body TIGA, talks about the Government's recent announcement of tax relief for video games, and why he believes it marks a turning point for the industry.
As the general election gets underway, the country is bracing itself for the three main parties sending representatives out onto the campaign trail to espouse the virtues of their separate manifestos. But the UK politicians aren't the only group choosing this moment to announce a new remit. TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, this week launched a manifesto outlining its priorities for the video games industry ahead of the next Parliament. The group has put forward what it believes are the most pressing issues facing the industry. TIGA is arguing for games tax relief as soon as possible; the retention and expansion of the R&D tax credit scheme; and a reduction in tuition fees for mathematics and computer science degrees. In short, TIGA wants a better deal for the industry over three fundamental areas; taxation, representation and skills.

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