Tiga ready to meet with new UK Culture Secretary

Tiga ready to meet with new UK Culture Secretary

By Rob Crossley

June 9th 2009 at 3:09PM

Game industry group encouraged by Ben Bradshawâ??s recent pledge to introduce â??further tax breaksâ??

UK Games industry group Tiga is ready to meet with the Labour govt’s new Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw to discuss the recent turn Westminster has made in favour of game tax breaks.

Bradshaw – the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – pledged his support for the UK videogame industry in a House of Commons debate yesterday evening.

“We are looking at introducing further tax breaks,” he said. Now Tiga is preparing to meet with Bradshaw to see his claim elaborated.

“I am very pleased that the Rt. Hon. Ben Bradshaw is apparently so well disposed towards the video games industry that he is considering ‘...introducing further tax breaks’ to support the UK games development sector,” said Tiga CEO Richard Wilson. “Tiga hopes that the HM Treasury feels equally well disposed towards backing our industry.”

“Tiga stands ready to meet with the Secretary of State and his senior officials to provide him with any further information that his Department needs to make the case for enacting further tax breaks for the video games industry within Government.”

“It is encouraging that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport sounds willing to back the UK video games industry,” he added. “We hope that the Government will make a clear policy announcement soon on the issue of tax breaks to boost our successful video games industry still further.”