Develop is reporting that “one of the biggest game companies in the world" used strong arm tactics to help kill tax breaks for UK videogame developers.
The unnamed company in question reportedly “spoke to well-placed parliament allies to dissuade any legislative measures.” Why would one company lobby so tirelessly against a measure that would help the industry as a whole? Develop wrote:
This company had apparently viewed game tax relief as a measure that would have given the UK an unfair advantage over other nations.
An unfair advantage? That phrase doesn’t make much sense considering the UK has fallen into fourth place (by some accounts) in terms of number of game developers, trailing Japan, the U.S. and Canada.
Scandalous! Before we all start guessing who it is, consider that “Bobby Kotick” himself commented on the Develop story saying, “Lol, don’t look at me!”
Thanks NovaBlack and beemoh!