Fri, Dec 19, 2008 | 10:44 GMT
TIGA “expresses condolences” at Free Radical “fate”
TIGA’s put out a press release expressing “condolences to everyone at Free Radical Design” after it was reported yesterday that the firm had gone into administration.
Richard Wilson, CEO of the body, said tjhe government must “take action” in light of the story by giving the games trade tax breaks.
His statement in full:
“On behalf of all TIGA members, I would like to say how sorry the whole industry is to hear of the fate of Free Radical Design. The studio has employed some very talented teams developing first class games over the years. Free Radical Design has also been a member of TIGA and a strong supporter of our trade association. I would like to congratulate everyone at the studio for their past achievements and I wish everyone good fortune in finding a new job as quickly as possible. Free Radical Design’s demise highlights the difficult economic environment in which UK games developers do business.
“Last night, Lord Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), advocated a form of ‘market-based industrial activism’. This approach, he said, means that ‘Policy should be activist in the sense that it recognises that government can and must complement market dynamics to get the best outcomes for our society and economy.’
“The best outcome for the UK video games industry is an increase in the sector’s rate of growth and the return of the UK as the third largest developer of video games in the world. If we are to achieve these results then the Government must establish a more favourable tax environment and tackle the underlying skills shortages facing the industry. A tax break for games production and a larger supply of skilled workers may not have saved Free Radical Design. Nonetheless, this policy approach would strengthen the UK video games sector. The Secretary of State for BERR must take action.”
Free Radical went into administration on Wednesday. Employees found the company locked up yesterday.