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UK computer game industry at risk
A lack of government help is putting the British computer games industry at risk, a study has warned.
Britain must do more to nuture a more competitive games industry if it is to prevent key talent moving overseas.

That is one of the conclusions from a recent study conducted by Tiga, the trade association for the UK's independent computer game developers.

It says worrying numbers of key talent are leaving the UK for countries offering more favourable employment options.

It calls for tax subsidies similar to those found abroad to be introduced.

"We used to be a net importer of brains," Jason Kingsley, chief executive of developer Rebellion, a Tiga member, told the BBC.

"People used to come here to work in the games sector. Now people are thinking Canada's a good place to go to.

"Canada spends a lot of money marketing itself, positioning itself."

The study found that some 18% of companies reported employees leaving UK firms to work abroad.

Steam is one such channel being used by firms to self-publish games

In the UK, developers are given tax credits for efforts in research and development into technological advancements, but not games production itself.

While welcome, the research tax credits are considered by many to be overly complicated, with 70% of developers saying more "liberal" tax credits would be helpful.

According to the survey, 62% of companies do not have a specific budget set aside for research, while 82% said they did not file for any patents in the past year.

"The government is committed to making the UK the best place to start, finance and grow a business and particularly wants to make the UK an attractive location for innovative industries," said a Treasury spokesman.

Full BBC Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15188385
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