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UK Government to create videogames committee

Thursday, 23rd July 2009 19:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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The UK Government has decided to create a cross-departmental committee to examine issues affecting the videogame industry.

ELSPA’s first meeting with Minister for Creative Industries Siôn Simon last week was the catalyst for the formation.

“The news was indeed upbeat,” said ELSPA director general Michael Rawlinson. “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.”

Committee members are comprised of representatives from the Departments of Culture, Media and Sport; Business Innovation and Skills; Health; the Home Office; and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

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6 Comments

  1. No_PUDding

    *screams like a girl*

    Very exciting.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Hunam

    This wont end well at all. We’re going to be the next austrailia no doubt.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    Don’t give them tax breaks, tax breaks will make companies think they can continue their current inefficient consumer scamming working practices and business models. The gaming industry needs an overhaul tax breaks will hinder rather than help.

    But hey, throwing money at problems worked in the past eh? Eh? Well no, no it didn’t.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Bulk Slash

    Oh good, another government focus group set up to waste money. I’m sure they’ll find some stealth taxes they can levy on games.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. VIP0R

    I bet they’ll add tax to Marketplace Points Conversion Rate and make things cost even more!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. SticKboy

    Capital “K”, little “b” if you please Steph :)

    #6 6 years ago

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