Published on 29th March 2011 by
Originally Posted by Omnituenssnip
Originally Posted by warejon9So what happens when the tax relief stops? They just go elsewhere, ain't it easy for them to just up sticks and leave? All they've gotta do is move the office and staff?
Originally Posted by battles_atlasWelcome to the race to the bottom. I'd like the UK to have a strong games industry - its a growing market and offers creative jobs. But when does a tax break become enough?
Originally Posted by CombinhoAt one point, the article mentions that Quebec is paying two-fifths of developer's salaries.
Originally Posted by OmnituensWhat would help the gaming industry in the UK is if they stopped only offering jobs to people who have 5 years experience and a AAA title under their belt. I'm fed up of attempting to get a job in the industry with my degree and essentially being laughed at because I don't have experience.
Small companies can't afford to risk/train up an employee.
Big companies aren't interested.
So I basically have to go abroad to have any chance of getting a job.
Originally Posted by javamanTBH it isn't just tax incentives for game developers but what about the general population. Yes I understand that taxes will go up and Im for it until we get this debt paid off but what Im not happy about is, Ive no confidence that prices will comeback down after. My biggest concern with working in the UK is cost of living. Regardless of profession, whats to keep working people in the contry to benifit from such tax breaks? Fuel £1.40 a litre, bread, eggs, milk all increasing in price (yet Tesco pulls in how many billion?). I don't wanna have to come home from a days work to tend the garden growing my own food. In a couple of years time I'll be looking to buy my first house never mind furnish it. Im lucky since I've saved up my student loan and invested it, means I'm not fighting as hard for bank loans (expensive and hard to get atm). Whats to stop taking that money an moving to America or even Germany where the software companies are just as plentiful and crying out for programmers?
Tax incentives for industry pffff tax incentives just to keep me in this dump!
Originally Posted by TMhatYou do realise that its highly unlikely we'll pay off the national debt within our lifetimes? Its about to hit over 1 trillion pounds...and we're still adding to it every year even with the cuts. We've not even begun to pay it back! We should be investing in growing industries like the games one so the country actually has some money coming in and isn't almost entirely reliant on the financial sector as it has now become.
Originally Posted by CombinhoAt one point, the article mentions that Quebec is paying two-fifths of developer's salaries. Surely if that is the case, there is very little benefit to the taxpayer, and as such it is not sensible or cost-effective to be offering similar incentives in the UK, particularly at this time.
Another factor in where publishers invest is surely the availability of skills, and tax incentives do very little to change that, or am I being naive? From where I'm sat, the UK games industry seems in pretty good health, with an output and influence far in advance of the size of the country.
Sure, it used to be more, but as a country, we have to grow used to being overtaken in all fields as less advanced economies cath up and overtake our over-inflated position in the world.
Originally Posted by TheArticleSimilarly, mock Canadian passports were also given out at a UK trade event by a multinational business group called QuickStart Global last year, prompting one source in the industry to say: 'The Canadians are circling like vultures since the news broke that we aren't getting any tax breaks.'
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