Tax breaks for UK games industry
In a surprise move he announced that the government would be offering tax breaks for firms in the games sector in the UK.
This follows many requests from those inside the industry who have been lobbying for the government to support the game industry in the UK in a worry that it would become insignificant in the global market.
Darling said “we need to keep British talent in this country”, and that the tax breaks would be “similar” to those given to the UK film industry.
This is great news as it is very important for gamers in the UK and around the world that the UK industry is supported to help young talent succeed in the arena and continue to deliver fantastic games such as LittleBigPlanet.
Richard Wilson, chief executive of Tiga who represents UK games developers, said the tax relief could create 3500 new jobs.
This is an inspired decision. Games tax relief is good for the UK video games industry, good for UK consumers and good for the UK economy.
Mr Wilson also predicts that the tax breaks would allow £457m to be invested in new games over the next five years.