Scottish minister on charm offensive after Realtime Worlds threatens to leave

Scotland determined to see tax breaks

Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy has pledged to support the Scottish videogame sector, just days after Dundee-based Realtime Worlds suggested it would leave Britain unless tax relief is introduced.

Murphy made his pledge to support the industry after talks with Realtime Worlds owner Dave Jones.

“We have had a discussion about tax breaks and ways to support the industry,” said Murphy, speaking to The Evening Telegraph.

“France have introduced tax breaks and we want to talk more about that and we will listen to any strong case being made; we want to do whatever we can to help.”

Murphy added that Brown’s Government wants Scotland to be a world centre of excellence.

“Dundee is the Scottish centre of excellence in this industry — I want to be very clear about that,” added Murphy.

“The games industry has a big future and Dundee has a big future to play in that, in Scotland, in the UK and wider.

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