Tag Archives: richard wilson
Tue, Mar 05, 2013 | 15:32 GMT
Tiga CEO Richard Wilson is of the belief that studios with canceled game projects should receive tax relief, due to publishers leaving the firms “high and dry.”
Tue, Sep 04, 2012 | 01:26 BST
UK trade body TIGA has thrown support behind a scheme to introduce a 30% tax relief rate for the local games industry.
Tue, Apr 03, 2012 | 03:40 BST
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 | 10:27 GMT
The announcement yesterday of tax breaks for the UK games industry will “incetivise” publishers from around the world to invest in the British games industry, TIGA CEO Richard Wilson has told VG247.
Tue, Feb 07, 2012 | 01:09 GMT
A new study by UK trade body TIGA has found the majority of local developers have moved on from pure retail models.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 | 14:58 GMT
TIGA has issued a report which claims 41% of UK developers laid off between 2009 and 2011 have relocated to overseas jobs.
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 | 00:48 BST
UK MP Jim McGovern has called on Ed Vaizey, the minister for creative industries, to makes games industry tax relief a priority.
Thu, May 12, 2011 | 06:29 BST
British Labour MP Tom Watson has come out in support of the games industry, calling for reforms to the Research and Development Tax Credit system.
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 | 10:48 GMT
According to a TIGA report, the workforce that makes up the UK games development industry may shrink by a quarter over the next five years.
Thu, Nov 04, 2010 | 17:31 GMT
TIGA has issued a report which states 900 games development positions in the UK have dropped 9 percent over the last two years, resulting in 890 positions being eliminated.
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 | 06:29 BST
Fri, Apr 09, 2010 | 10:41 BST
TIGA’s announced today that Crytek has become the latest developer to join the UK trade association.
Wed, Mar 11, 2009 | 13:58 GMT
Tiga boss Richard Wilson has written an open letter to the British secretary of state for business, Peter Mandelson, claiming a continuing lack of tax breaks for the UK development industry will cost 1,700 jobs over the next five years.
Not only that, but anticipated decline in the British trade thanks to tax-pretty locations such as Montreal and France attracting British talent would cost the UK treasury £145 million in 2013 alone, compared to the £150 million Wilson claims it will cost to offer a 20 percent break on development in the UK.
“If we want the UK games industry to remain world leading then we must introduce a tax break for games production similar to the European Union approved French tax credit,” said Wilson.
“Industry research indicates that if a 20% production tax credit was introduced, investment would increase by £220 million over five years, generating a further 1,600 graduate jobs over the same period. This tax break would cost HM Treasury £150 million over five years.”
Read the full thing after the break.
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 | 10:44 GMT
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.
Sat, Mar 08, 2008 | 21:40 GMT
Canada’s games development tax breaks are great for Ubisoft and EA, but not so good for Britain, Tiga CEO Richard Wilson has complained.
Wilson’s pissed. And not only does he want the UK government to create a more competitive environment for development in Britain, but he also wants the World Trade Organisation to get mediaeval on Quebec’s ass, assuming the region’s incentives break international laws.
“If they do, as seems likely, the Government must take action via the World Trade Organisation against Canada at the earliest opportunity,” he said.
“UK games developers can compete successfully against games developers all over the world where market conditions are fair,” Wilson added. “The UK is the fourth largest developer of games in the world in terms of revenue generation. Games developers contribute 30 per cent of the country’s media exports. However, Canadian government subsidies for games developers mean that the playing field is increasingly tipped against UK based games developers.”
Wilson’s comments come following SCi’s recent “restructuring” and announcement of a base-move to Canada.
Thu, Jan 31, 2008 | 07:46 GMT