The Committee urges the Government to make the future of the sector a priority in the face of emerging barriers for growth. This is a golden age of opportunity the Committee says for the industry and proper support for small companies accessing global audiences is vital, it is potentially a world leader for the UK. It warns that overseas government subsidies, cheaper labour markets and skills shortages have created an uneven international playing field and more encouragement for development and growth is needed. The possibility of a games industry tax relief should be kept under review and a comprehensive assessment of the benefits of a games tax relief should be carried out, along with an examination of countries whose industries flourish without such support. A shortage of adequately qualified graduates to sustain the industry is also a real concern, skills like maths and computer science being needed and the brain drain of graduates to countries offering better incentives. The creation and retention of intellectual property is seen as a priority issue for the UK video games industry and the Government's review of intellectual property taxation will be monitored. The failure of the creative industries Minister to lobby the Treasury directly on games tax relief is both surprising and disappointing and the Committee asks the Government to explain how the industry's voice will be heard properly in future.Developers will be able to put their games online and get a global audience through iPhone apps and iPads and things like that. ... some of which are promoting their sectors very aggressively and others which arena#39;t. I suppose my question is, really, how ... I dona#39;t want to give the impression that I am in any way criticising UK trade and investment. ... Given the Scottish Affairs Committee: Evidence Ev 39.
|Title||:||Video Games Industry in Scotland|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Scottish Affairs Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2011-02-01|