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Be careful what you wish for: UK games industry gets parity with films as government abolishes the Film Council

By on July 26, 2010
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The video games industry has long cried foul that it is not treated equally. We are upset that Canadian companies get better tax breaks than British ones and we whinge that film is treated with respect by government with tax breaks and a Film Council and quangos galore.

“We want parity with film,” we cry. “After all, they’ve got the Film Council.”

Well, be careful what you wish for. Because as of today, we don’t have a Video Games Council. But nor does film have a Film Council.

Parity at last?

(Note: this is a rapid response to breaking news – DCMS may announce a new, revised quango later. My point is tthat beggar-thy-neighbour politics are rarely successful)

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com