U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

November 12, 2008 -

Game developers in the U.K. are lining up behind a Conservative Party proposal that would lower taxes for small and medium-sized companies, according to gamesindustry.biz.

Richard Wilson, CEO of game dev trade group Tiga, called on Britain's ruling Labour Party to follow suit:

Measures to cut the tax burden on business in general and on games developers in particular, are welcome.

 

The Conservatives' proposals to enable [smaller companies] to delay their quarterly VAT payments for up to six months, to reduce employers' national insurance contributions... to cut corporation tax... and to reverse the planned increase in the small companies' rate... are encouraging.

On the other hand, Wilson criticized part of the Conservative plan which promotes apprenticeships:

The Conservative’s focus on boosting apprenticeships is too restrictive. The apprenticeship model is not ideal for every sector of the UK economy. Games developers need more graduates, particularly in computer science, mathematics and physics. Many games developers already employ highly qualified teams.


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Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

I will be suprised if someone doesn't try to place content restrictions as part of these tax breaks.  I believe the same thing happened in Texas.

Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

I doubt it, don't forget one of the biggest Game Dev teams here is Rockstar so it would be counter-productive if they are trying to attract people or create growth.

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Who doesn't want a tax break?

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UK here I....  dont come...  sorry...  Australia sounds like more fun to me...  I get sick of the cold weather I experience in the US, going further north just isn't an option for me.

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Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

Australia sounds more for me than U.K. to reduce employers' national insurance contributions... to cut corporation tax... and to reverse the planned increase in the small companies.

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Hahaha, I love all of your comments, haha.

The internet censorship thing really sucks, and will push away game companies and employees.

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Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

I was about to say the UK isn't actually that bad, weather-wise. Then I remembered when I was astonished by warm rain in Canada.

Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

I hear Japan is nice this time of year...

Some of their games are censored, but not as bad as other areas.

Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

Wouldn't reccomend it. They're thinking about internet censorship on the same level as China. And It's basically gamer's hell from what I hear.

Re: U.K. Game Devs Welcome Tax Break Proposal

And It's basically gamer's hell from what I hear.

Oh, tell me more.

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Then you heard wrong.

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I think it's fair to say nobody ever moved here because of the weather

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This is nice info.Conservative’s focus on boosting apprenticeships is too restrictive. The apprenticeship model is not ideal for every sector of the UK economy. Games developers need more graduates.

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