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Gordon Brown say UK games industry is “leading the way” in Europe

Friday, 26th February 2010 16:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said in a podcast that the UK games industry is “leading the way” in Europe.

Brown’s feelings were aired in the cast alongside of the Global Investment Conference, which is occurring in London this week.

“We’re leading the way in creative industries,” said Brown (via Edge). “[We’re] by far the biggest producer of computer games in Europe, and we’re leading the way in digital communications in a country with only one percent of the world’s population. More than a third of all internet traffic is routed through UK servers.

“So this coming week is another chance to showcase the UK. This is not just a talking shop though. There will be new commitments of investment off the back of this conference.”

TIGA CEO Richard Wilson commended Brown’s comments, saying: “We urge him to act quickly to introduce a Games Tax Relief as outlined by TIGA2, for the UK games development industry in the coming budget.

“TIGA has made repeated representations to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and to HM Treasury, setting out the case for Games Tax Relief.

“We hope that the support of the Prime Minister will ensure a commitment by the Government to the introduction of Games Tax Relief and so guarantee that the UK video games industry remains world leading.”

Peter Molyneux himself agrees that tax relief should be given to the UK industry, as he says it’s not seen as a “creative industry” by the government the way films are.

Last December, Chancellor Alistair Darling issued a pre-budget report to the government that did not include measures providing tax breaks – despite the sector pumping more money into the economy than the region’s film industry.

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  1. SunKing

    Picture says it all, really. :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor

    Oh dear Lord.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Droid

    Who’s he kidding this time…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bulk Slash

    Yeah, that’s in spite of you Gordon, not because of you.

    Edit: From the way his hand is shaped, is he re-enacting chucking a mobile phone at someone?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DJ Deathstar

    @ Bulk Slash, nah think he just wishes he was tugging on a big cock to be honest

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Zarckan

    Please mr Br0wn give uz some taax brekks!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    hohoho! There must be a guy that gets paid to take embarrassing shots of that man.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    That pic is WONDERFUL :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Grimrita

    Isnt this the twat who also said ‘that the UK was better placed’ to come out of the recession first?

    Wrong on two counts….

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The Hindle

    Gordon Brown is a twat in general dude

    #10 4 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    Amazing pic!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. polygem

    yeah! look at me. i got this huuuuuuge tool. and i will cumshot the european market with it. he said it with other words. but thats obviously what he thought. but anyway. thumbs up for uk gaming industry…what about another medievil SCE cambridge?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Eregol

    Gordon Brown is the Bobby Kotick of politics.

    He doesn’t understand what his insistance on Tax and Spend is doing to Great Britain’s population and the businesses that reside there.

    He’ll be gone soon enough, but will his replacement do any better?

    #13 4 years ago