TIGA urges the Liberal Democrats to back Games Tax Relief for the UK video games industry

February 5th 2010

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today urged the Liberal Democrats to support the case for introducing Games Tax Relief for the UK video games industry. TIGA made the comments following the publication of the Liberal Democrats policy document for the creative industries, The power of creativity.

Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:

“We welcome the fact that the Liberal Democrats take the cultural industries seriously. Yet just as the Liberal Democrats support film tax relief for the UK film industry, so the Party should support Games Tax Relief for the UK video games industry.

“The UK video games sector is professional, experienced and competes on quality. Yet in contrast to our key competitors, the UK games industry does not benefit from generous tax breaks. Until this anomaly is addressed, the full potential of the UK video games industry will not be realised. The case for tax relief for games production should be reviewed again.”

Jason Kingsley, Chairman of TIGA and CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion, said:

“The Conservative Shadow Arts Minister and the House of Lords Communications Committee have made positive remarks about the case for tax relief for video game development. We welcome these developments. I urge the Liberal Democrats to back TIGA’s campaign for Games Tax Relief.”

About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that Tiga members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact: Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 0845 0941095; Mob: 07875 939643; or Email: richard.wilson@tiga.org, or, Eva Field, TIGA PR Manager on: 07814 039 983, or email eva@tiga.org

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