Life is strange.
Just yesterday, the British government drew battle lines of a sort with the video game industry. The Tanya Byron report, which enjoys consensus support among British politicians, will almost certainly result in a revamping of the U.K.’s game content rating system and a placing of additional legal regulations on video game sales.
Today, the Vancouver Sun reports that the British government is initiating a trade war with Canada… to protect its slice of the video game business pie.
It seems that Canadian tax credits are luring European game developers to the likes of Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
In response, the U.K.’s Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport has opened a European Commission investigation of Canada’s trade practices. A ministry spokesperson told the Sun:
The U.K. government is concerned that state aid offered to computer games companies by a number of federal institutions in Canada may not be compatible with World Trade Organization principles.