Games companies want tax breaks
Games companies demand breaks to compete with foreign - particularly Canadian - rivals
The British games industry is calling for tax breaks to allow it to compete
with foreign rivals.
‘The UK has become a very expensive place to develop games,’ said Ian
Livingstone, creative director at SCi, the owner of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider
franchise, a company which is moving production overseas.
‘We make the UK economy a small fortune but are still treated as pariahs. Why
they go on giving tax breaks to the film industry but not to us I don’t
understand,’ Ian Beverstock, chief executive of Kuju, a games developer, told
Canada has been offering companies lucrative tax deals, meaning many games
production companies are moving their work there.