Byline: SIMON WATKINS
BRITAIN'S video games industry is demanding tax breaks from theGovernment to help it compete with foreign rivals.
Leading trade bodies representing games publishers and developers are to launcha lobbying campaign - dubbed Games Up - to call for the tax breaks and forbetter further education in the key skills of maths, physics and computerscience.
The UK was once the third-biggest producer of video or computer games in theworld after the US and Japan but lost that position to Canada two years ago.Now there are fears that companies may start to move abroad in search of taxincentives.
Canada provides a 37.5 per cent rebate on salaries paid to employees working ingames development and is just one of several territories that provide taxrelief for video games businesses.
France offers a 20 per cent tax break for games development while two weeks agothe US state of Georgia introduced a 20 per cent break for the entertainmentindustry, including games development.
The Games Up campaign is being spearheaded by the Entertainment & LeisureSoftware Publishers Association and Tiga, the games developers' association.
About 10,000 workers are employed in video games development in the UK, many atsmall independent businesses. .
at small independent businesses.
Britain has originated some of the best-selling games in recent years from TombRaider, published by Eidos, and Grand Theft Auto, developed by Scottishbasedvideo games group Rockstar, which has now been taken over by America's Take-TwoInteractive. …