â??We are not defeatedâ?? â?? Tiga rallies for tax cuts

â??We are not defeatedâ?? â?? Tiga rallies for tax cuts

By Rob Crossley

January 20th 2010 at 3:18PM

Wilson urges the industry to remain positive and come out fighting

Tiga CEO Richard Wilson has fired back at suggestions that the UK game industry has failed to secure backing from Westminster on development tax breaks.

During last year’s pre-Budget report, the UK government flung tax break proposals off the table despite warming relations with the development community. Some industry figures suggest that there’s now little reason to fight on.

Tiga firmly disagrees, however. In an interview with Develop, Wilson said that the industry should “never confuse a setback with a final defeat”, listing the progress made in the last twelve months due to the group waging a “relentless campaign”.

Said Wilson: “Last year, the video games sector was invited in a Government policy paper, Digital Britain, to present a case to change UK tax policy. This was a highly unusual invitation.

“The department of Culture, Media and Sport and the department for Business, Innovation and Skills are both committed to work with the industry to collect and review the evidence for a tax break for games production. This was, and remains, a breakthrough for us.

“The British game industry needs to maintain the campaign and keep the pressure on the government and on the opposition parties if we are to achieve beneficial tax reform to help the sector."

Go here for the interview in full.