Colin Macdonald, studio manager from Crackdown
dev Realtime Worlds, has added his voice to the chorus crying out for tax breaks in the UK games industry.
Speaking with Scotland-based STV, MacDonald said, "So far, we're doing really well, we're worried about the future in two year's, or five year's time. I mean the industry's doing really well at the moment, but we've dropped down to fourth place in the world in terms of games development, and we're going to drop down further if the government doesn't do something to help us".
He then referred, inevitably, to that place just north of the US border. "Canada offers up to about 40% tax incentive for companies setting up there, and it's brought about $1.5 billion worth of investment, so it works really well", he said. "I mean if you look at what the UK's produced, we've produced some of the world's most popular IP (intellectual property). Lemmings
, Grand Theft Auto
, Tomb Raider
, Championship Manager
, all these were made in the UK and we're going to get less and less of them if the industry keeps going into decline without government support".
Realtime Worlds is reportedly joining Tiga in a meeting with the Treasury in the coming weeks.
Tiga, of course, calls for UK tax breaks for the games industry at every opportunity it gets. It even took advantage of Free Radical's recent troubles
to pipe up for government support.
In its piece STV also wrote, "Games Makers think of themselves as heroes against the credit crunch", which SPOnG thought was nice.
Check out Realtime World's studios in the video here