Labour Govt. Can't Say How Much Money It's Given to Game Biz

April 3, 2009 -

The Labour Government of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has given financial assistance to the video game industry, but it doesn't know how much, according to gamesindustry.biz.

Conservative MP Philip Davies (left) addressed the question to the government's Department of Culture, Media and Sports earlier this week. Parliamentary under-secretary Barbara Follett provided the response:

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. We do not have the specific figures broken down by sector or year.

Richard Wilson, CEO of U.K. game developers group Tiga, criticized the government's confusion:

The government needs good quality information if it is to implement plans that benefit economic sectors. However, the government's admission today that it supports the videogames sector but doesn't record the amount of financial support means that it cannot effectively measure its impact.

This is a great shame - the government needs to record and assess its financial assessments in order to make better policy in the future.


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Re: Labour Govt. Can't Say How Much Money It's Given to ...

I love it. Yet another government gets caught with their pants down! I really don't think this is like some critical  moment. It happens all the time. Governments look at who pays their bills, then they do favours. Subtle favors, but still. You know the expression you pat my back and I'll pat yours? Yes, that is politics. The fact that the video game industry recieved something tells me that the industry is important to their economy. Economy is everything right?

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Re: Labour Govt. Can't Say How Much Money It's Given to ...

Considering the bulk of that money is probably in tax breaks (as opposed to grants etc) I can see why they wouldn't be able to pull those numbers out of the air if they had not already generated them.

That is not to say that they shouldn't have these numbers.. it is important to know exactly what effect tax breaks are having.... but I can understand why it isn't as simple as 'see how much money we handed out'.

 

Tax break != Grant

Re: Labour Govt. Can't Say How Much Money It's Given to ...

Ah its alright, the taxpayers here will be happy to pay for it.

M.P.s lose (*cough* waste *cough*)  money all the time.

New kitchen? Sure, just jam it on expenses and let taxpayers pay.

Porn movies...Sure, pushing it a little, but just jam it on expenses and let taxpayers pay.

 

No wonder progress is so shite here in the UK. M.P.s dont actually know what the heck is going on half the time. They get paid hundreds of thousands of pounds, but dont really do much that actually benefits people. If any 'normal' person in any regular job, getting paid 10% of their wages knew as little as they did, they'd be sacked. If they 'accidentally' or otherwise used company money to buy a new kitchen or rent porn, they'd be sacked. Wow.. what a life it must be to be an MP.

Re: Labour Govt. Can't Say How Much Money It's Given to ...

It's not all they lose.  Laptops on trains with personal information of UK citizens is a big favourite too...

Re: Labour Govt. Can't Say How Much Money It's Given to ...

Now's not exactly the time to be losing track of money now is it?

 
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Andrew EisenBoth Wii U and 3DS eShops allow you to add funds in the exact amount of whatever's in your shopping cart. If your game is $39.99, you can add exactly $39.99.09/23/2014 - 1:57pm
Infophile@Matthew Wilson: As I understand it, any regulations to force tax online would also set up an easy database for these stores to use, minimizing overhead.09/23/2014 - 1:30pm
MonteReally, the eshop just does next to nothing to make buying digitally advantagous for the customer. Its nice to have the game on my 3DS, but i can get more for less buying a physical copy at retail. And that's not even counting buying used09/23/2014 - 1:18pm
MonteIanC, The Eshop wallet system only lets you add funds in set denominations and the tax makes sure you no longer have round numbers so you ALWAYS loose money. A $39.99 game for instance requires you to add $50 instead of just $4009/23/2014 - 1:13pm
Matthew Wilsonbut thats just it those sites, even the small ones, sell all over the country.09/23/2014 - 11:12am
Neenekoeither that or it would follow the car model of today. big ticket items are taxed according to your residence, not where you buy them.09/23/2014 - 11:07am
NeenekoI doubt it would be the retailer that handles the tax in the first place. If it goes through it would probably be folded in as a service on the processor end or via 'turbotax' style applications.09/23/2014 - 11:05am
Matthew Wilsonsimple there are over 10k tax areas in the us for sales tax. it would be impossible for small online retailers to handle that.09/23/2014 - 10:55am
IanCWhats wrong with charging tax in an online shop?09/23/2014 - 10:47am
E. Zachary KnightI don't see why it would be that difficult to maintain one. Especially for a news outlet with multiple people on the payroll.09/23/2014 - 9:37am
Matthew Wilsonthey can, but will they? more inportantly will the traditional sites be willing to do the extra work to maintain the list?09/23/2014 - 9:02am
E. Zachary KnightSo how will it reduce the power of the traditional games press? They can create curated stores too.09/23/2014 - 8:39am
Matthew WilsonI think its a good thing, but it does mean traditional games press will have less power than ever before. To be fair most of the gaming press were never big on pc gaming anyways.09/23/2014 - 8:33am
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, is that a bad or good thing?09/23/2014 - 7:43am
MechaTama31When you say "youtuber", I picture some sort of customizable potato...09/22/2014 - 10:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthis change will only give youtubers more power.09/22/2014 - 9:54pm
prh99Steam has added a curator system. You can follow your favorites and see their recommendations http://store.steampowered.com/curators/09/22/2014 - 9:07pm
MaskedPixelantePlus there's the whole "we don't use accounts" thing that means if you lose your 3DS and have to get a new one, you have to deal with Nintendo customer service to get your downloads back instead of, you know, logging in and downloading them.09/22/2014 - 8:39pm
MonteIndeed. Their wallet system, the lack of sales, applying tax, the lack of price cuts, the eshop is pretty terrible. Only use it for indie games.09/22/2014 - 8:29pm
Andrew EisenThat's the one I'm eyeballing. Really dug the demo. Didn't care as much for EOIV though.09/22/2014 - 8:19pm
 

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