A Conservative member of the British Parliament has accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour government of failing the UK’s video game industry.
As reported by gamesindustry.biz, Ed Vaizey (left) said:
The Government’s strategy for videogames has been shown to be nothing more than a sham. For months, whenever we have pressed the Government for action, they have used the excuse that the issue had been referred to the WTO. Now they no longer have this excuse.
As the games industry itself says, the Government now ‘stands naked, bereft of a credible fiscal policy with which to support the sector.
The Government must act now to support an industry that is world-beating, job-creating and at the heart of our creative industries. After nine reviews of the creative industries, and eight more in the pipeline, the Government’s dithering has now been exposed as causing real damage.
Richard Wilson, head of British game developers’ trade group Tiga, echoed Vaizey’s criticism of the government’s handling of the video game sector:
Last year the Government said that the UK via the European Union would take legal action against Canada if its support for its video games industry violated WTO rules. We now know that there are no legal grounds on which to lodge a complaint.
We cannot stop our competitors from benefiting from tax breaks but there is a simple solution: copy them. Just as Australia, Canada, China, France, Singapore, South Korea and some American states help their games industries to grow through extensive tax breaks, so the UK Government should back our games industry with a tax break for games production. If you can’t beat them, join them.
The Government stands naked before the games industry, bereft of a credible fiscal policy with which to support the sector…