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UK Government forms new Games Committee

Submitted by on Thursday, 23 July 2009One Comment

pegi_18The UK government is creating a new video games committee where representatives from different departments will meet to consider changes in policy to help the industry.

Departments involved include the Department Of Media and Sport, Business Innovation and Skills, Culture, the Department of Health, the Home Office and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The new committee formed after the first formal meeting between the ESLPA and Minister for Creative Industries Siôn Simon where they discussed the PEGI system and tax breaks amongst other things.

ELSPA director general Michael Rawlinson said this about the meeting:

The Minister assured us that the Government is confident of being able to introduce pro-PEGI legislation before the next election. We also covered the other hot topic of the moment: tax breaks for the industry. Siôn Simon confirmed that the Treasury is now open in principle to the idea of tax breaks for the country’s video games industry… But endlessly calling for tax breaks is not enough. What is obvious is that hard evidence has so far been very lacking so the Minister has now asked ELSPA to help further the debate by furnishing that evidence. This, of course, we are happy to do.

Various industry leaders have discussed the problems that the UK Game Industry is facing in the past and the need for help from the government, and so hopefully this will be a step in the right direction.

Source: MCVUK