UK is “most expensive” country in the world to develop a game

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 14:53 GMT

Speaking to Develop, Eidos dev boss Ian Livingstone has claimed that Britain is the most expensive country in the world in which to develop a videogame.

“The Government should address the issues of skills and costs for the UK to remain competitive,” he said.

“The UK is now the most expensive country in the world in which to develop. There are naturally cheap labour markets in Asia and also subsidised markets like Canada. The UK has slipped from third to fourth in world development. Given the heritage of development in the UK, this is a tragedy.”

Livingstone added: “Whilst the UK Government does nothing, developers will continue to shut down or be acquired by overseas companies who see greater long term value in our talent than we do ourselves. The Government needs to invest in this valuable creative industries asset or suffer the consequences.”

There’s a full interview here.

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