A lack of fiscal autonomy could affect Scotland’s bid to stop Ireland from poaching game development companies.
While Sir Gerry Robinson previously proposed that Ireland try to lure Scottish developers with a five-year tax holiday, Michael Russell, Scottish Minister for Culture, External Affairs and Constitution, lamented to Inc Gamers that Scottish Parliament does not have the ability to alter its own tax structure, making it difficult to entice companies to stay. Russell hopes to secure full fiscal powers from the UK in order to “respond to the needs of our industry."
Despite the competition, Russell said Scottish developers were opting to stay put:
I am pleased that many companies that are based here are choosing to stay here, despite the financial incentives that might be on offer elsewhere. We are committed to supporting them and creating the infrastructure to enable to them to thrive.
TIGA, the UK trade association for game developers, continues to lobby for tax breaks throughout the region.