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Gaming body wants tax relief to secure 3,500 graduate jobs

Published: Tuesday, 04 January 2011   Category: Creative Industries: arts and design

A game developing giant has threatened to pull its offices out of the United Kingdom if the government scrap a tax relief which TIGA says could create 3,500 graduate jobs.

Activision has called the government's decision to cancel tax relief for the gaming sector a "terrible mistake". The firm currently has an office in Slough, where it employs 600 developers.

TIGA - the UK's gaming industry body - says tax breaks would mean 3,500 graduate jobs plus investment to finance students' studies.

Richard Wilson, chief executive of TIGA, told the Liverpool Daily Post that the coalition government was not offering growth.

"For too long, the Coalition government has acted like a one-club golfer," he said. "It has had a strategy for reducing the deficit but little to say about growth. The video game sector offers opportunities for growth and high value, high technology job creation for the UK."

TIGA said that investment in the United Kingdom's gaming industry has dropped from £458 million to £417 million in the past two years.

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