TIGA wants WTO action taken against Canada

By Patrick Garratt, Saturday, 8 March 2008 21:08 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.

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