The UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries said that, now that the UK video games industry is confirmed to get tax relief, he wants the sector to focus on bringing more youngsters into the business, as opposed to spending that money on hiring from outside the region. Last week the European Parliament gave the greenlight to the scheme, much to the delight of the industry in the UK and the members of parliament that have long supported giving tax incentives to the sector.
"What I want to see is from great games, that have to have a cultural element to them in order to qualify for tax credits," MP Ed Vaizey told MCV in an extensive interview. "It would be great to see as many games companies as possible, when they're not busy working, engaging with young people."
"I want to see some real ambition from some of our home-grown games companies that want to grow and not necessarily be bought immediately by an American company when they get successful. I would love to see some real, domestic, home-grown growth that expands overseas."
Vaizey went on to say that the European parliament commission responsible for approving the tax credits "needed more convincing" on the subject of games than it had on other creative mediums and that this was the reason for delay to the scheme.
"I want to see elements of – which I think there already is but even more – engagement with young people in terms of skills," he continued. "The industry itself is a great poster industry for science and computer science and the kind of hard skills that Michael Gove is so keen about kids learning. So it would be great to see as many games companies as possible, when they're not busy working, engaging with young people and showing how studying science at school gets you a pretty great job at the end of it."