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Report – UK government set to reintroduce games tax breaks

Monday, 21 February 2011 10:39 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The UK government is set to reintroduce games tax breaks of up to £30 million, according to a Sunday Times report.

The story claims that tax relief will be introduced next month during chancellor George Osborne’s Budget speech, adding Osborne is “considering the introduction of tax breaks for the computer game industry as an eye-catching measure to put in his budget for growth.”

Tax breaks were confirmed by the previous Labour government last year before Osborne and the coalition government cancelled them in his emergency budget last June.

Last week, it was reported that Osborne backed the UK games industry.

Thanks, Edge.

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26 Comments

  1. LePlatypus

    This is going to sound nooby but, what would this mean for us, the gamers?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Potentially more UK-developed stuff. Aside from that, pretty much bugger all.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Grimrita

    Although its great news, if true but after the recent wave of closers, comes too late for those already lost. Such a shame that Labour didnt pull their finger out of their arse when they had the chance to save a key industry, instead of paying themselves OTT expenses.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Bit late now isn’t it? Half of our bigger studios have disappeared in the last couple of years.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    “instead of paying themselves OTT expenses”

    That was pretty much everyone wasn’t it? Especially the guy with the moat…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Grimrita

    Yeah but Labour MPs have been the ones getting sent to prison for fraud. So I added that for drama lol

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Yoshi

    But Labour would have done this country a lot better than conservatives are now.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. cloud_ix

    @1 It means there will be a lot more jobs available to you if you want to get involved in the games industry

    #8 4 years ago
  9. xino

    they better hurry up man and approve that sh*.

    companies are closing down!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Tamo123

    @7

    Then I think you fail economics pretty epically, as the course Labour was on would of brought the UK to financial ruin. It may not of happened until 2015 or whatever, but it would of happened. The longer, the worse it would of been.

    TL;DR: Learn to economy before making stupid comments.

    Anyway, on topic. I think they caved to pressure, however, hopefully this will do some good in the long term. I just hope other things will not get cut in order to fund this.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. xino

    @10
    seriously stfu!
    Stop trying to act like a f**ing smart ass!

    he was just saying! It’s his opinion! And it seems you have a nag for his opinion and you were offended by it. No point trying to be a goddamn teacher and telling him to go learn economies.

    Seriously…wtf is wrong with all these f*king people in this site?
    You can’t even voice yourself without being attacked.
    Everyone is complaining about users trolling this place…what about you? wtf are you all doing? you keep getting into argument, attacking other members and trying to be better than someone else over the internet. It doesn’t make you different to the ones who troll this site.

    Regardless if Conservatives or any other parties took over, we would still be in deep sh* in recession! And it’s best we are in recession now!
    because if we all waited by 2015, TONS of people would have closed down as soon as the recession starts 2015. I wonder if the Northern Rock staffs even got their money for the excellent deadline hard working they did.

    To my knowledge I think other countries have fallen out of the recession, it’s only US and UK that are hit pretty badly.
    It’s a good thing recession started now because companies and stores at least got a few months before closing down. If we were to wait 2015, everyone would be selling their products from £50rrp to £2.50! Eventually that would not save them! They would still need to close down by the end of the week because of the amount they borrowed and can’t pay back.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Tamo123

    @ 11

    No offense, but I seriously hate reading peoples opinions who clearly have no clue about what they are talking about. That is my opinion. Deal with it.

    Agreed, the country would of been fucked either way, however this government is doing something Labour would of never of considered because they are afraid to change. This country will transform and I personally think in the long run for the better.

    As I said: Deal with it bro. Also u mad?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    Too little, too late.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. freedoms_stain

    @10/12, I think before you run your mouth belittling people for having different political or economical ideologies to yourself you should be aware that there is in fact more than ONE ideology.

    In fact the Labour and Conservative approaches to cuts are very similar: cut back public services (and thus jobs) in exchange for Private sector services and positions.

    The difference lies in the time scale. Labours preference was a slower rate of cuts in line with Private sector growth, The Conservative approach was to cut hard fast and deep immediately without paying any heed to whether or not there would actually be any positions available in the Private sector for the people whose jobs they were axing.

    So right now the UK exists in a position where there is at best slow growth (if any) in the Private sector, with many sectors in fact still on the decrease while the public sector also faces the threat of mass job loses in the immediate future, which begs the question, where will we work?

    You can look at this in terms of human cost. Under the Conservative plans millions of people might be left unemployed with little chance of re-employment while the Private sector undergoes its painfully slow recovery. The Conservatives care little about this because it means they can cut the taxes of their rich buddies much quicker (it was recently revealed that a massive 50% of Tory funding comes from wealthy bankers. Wonder who they’ve got the best interests at heart for?) while patting each other on the back for cutting public spending so fast.

    Under Labour the cuts in public spending would have come much slower, but with the benefits of keeping more grass roots workers in employment for longer by shedding jobs and services at a rate at which the Private sector was better able to pick up the slack. Oh, and the super rich bankers would probably have faced higher taxes for longer. Boo Hoo.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Ruruja

    @10

    “would of” = would have
    “would of” = would have
    “would of” = would have

    TL;DR: Learn to grammar before making stupid comments.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Tamo123

    @14

    That is your opinion, that’s fine. I do not completely agree with some of your points, but fair enough.

    @15
    Deal with it bro.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    I agree with DSB.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Yoshi

    @12 I know exactly what I’m talking about. Do you seriously not keep up to date with this stuff? Conservatives are raising the student fees etc and that means more people in debt which results in us being in the recession for longer. Labour were going to make cuts slowly and efficiently so it wouldn’t effect people as drastically as Conservatives have/will. Conservatives only think of the rich and spit on the poor. (Yes this is my opinion)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Yoshi

    @14 +1 for you. You pretty much summed it up perfectly

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Callum

    Gone are the days when an election meant anything would change. All parties have converged to the point of being in-discriminable from one another. ‘Left’ wing and ‘Right’ wing doesn’t mean anything in a country where our leaders are chosen via a popularity contest broadcast on the television.

    Anyway. Better late than never…if this DOES happen. One thing I have learned is to judge a politician by his actions and not by what he says…the two are often completely different.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. NightCrawler1970

    Uhm, wanna know how much tax are we talking about??
    2% more 5% more??? basically how much will cost a UK-game(brand new) in the shelf + the extra “game-tax”???

    I bet Australia is on the same site, more money for the Government…

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Tamo123

    @19

    He did partly, deal with it son.

    #22 4 years ago
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  24. revolting

    @21 “Tax breaks for the gaming industry” does not refer to the VAT added to the cost of you, the customer, purchasing the game. The tax you pay will remain unchanged (short of another VAT shift), and the only difference you will see in price is the same as it currently is; based on each individual store’s pricing conventions.

    The tax (and the breaks) refereed to here are those imposed on the production of games by developers (and their publishers) in this country, such as Lionhead, Media Molecule, Rare, Rockstar North, etc.

    i.e. these tax breaks are for the games making industry, not the games selling industry.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. revolting

    “refereed” /facepalm.

    +1 vote for an edit button.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Crab of Thunder

    A political debate is a change from the usual lol.

    #26 4 years ago

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    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

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  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

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  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]