UK games biz doesn't need government help
The UK games development scene may be pushing the government for Canadian-style tax breaks, but at least one UK developer doesn't think the problem lies with the money men.
Splash Damage boss Paul Wedgwood told GI.biz at Develop that the suggestion the UK games business needs tax breaks in a "pile of toss". <>The boss assured that he "loves" UK game development, before railing: "I just don’t like all this rubbish about us needing charitable handouts to be successful as an industry, it’s a complete pile of toss. It isn’t why we’re suffering as an industry and I don’t think it’s going to solve it."
Tiga and ELSPA are of course pushing for cuts, although Wedgwood thinks the problem lies with developer pay: "It is difficult to recruit if you pay crap money, and the UK as a whole was paying rubbish money," he explained. "The money is there, the publishers have it, they can afford to pay staff in the UK exactly what they pay in the US, they’ve just got away with not having to."