In an interview on GameIndustry.biz Axis Animation Managing Director Richard Scott said that – even with tax breaks in the UK – it would be impossible to create a "level playing field" with the international development community. Scott explained to GI.biz that because his company works across the mediums (games, film and TV) he was able to see the effects of the UK’s positive tax environment. He says that if tax relief ever becomes a reality for the game industry, the government needs to offer incentives that help "local creatives" and not attract international companies.
"It’s a difficult one – everybody wants a level playing field, but I don’t think there ever is a level playing field," he said. "If you take film in the UK, it’s doing really well – Pinewood and the other studios are always busy, the visual effects industry is growing off the back of that, and there’s a benefit, no doubt."
"But at the same time you can look at various VFX companies in California, in Los Angeles, and they’re actually closing because they can’t compete with the UK. They’re not on a level playing field – so I don’t think you can ever have that."
He goes on to say that – in order to survive and grow as a company, Axis has had to engage in a lot of international business. He adds that if the government introduces tax incentives, he hopes they are targeted broadly.