Archive for 22 June 2010
Bill Tiller "Would Love" To Work On Monkey 3 Remake
Bill Tiller has told IncGamers that he “would love” to work on a special edition of The Curse of Monkey Island.
Next City of Heroes Expansion Dated
City of Heroes fans will be able to get their hands on the second major expansion for the game, City of Heroes Going Rogue, on 17 August.
EA Registers Alice 2 Trademarks, McGee Loses Cool
Superannuation, regular spotter of publisher activity, has come up trumps again and noted that EA has registered two trademarks for Alice: Madness Returns.
Vaizey Responds To Scrapped Tax Relief
Minister for culture, communications and creative industries, Ed Vaizey, has told IncGamers he’s “disappointed” the government was unable to secure tax breaks for videogames.The June budget was announced earlier today by George Osborne and, although pretty heavy across the board, it was a surprise to see the tax break relief promised by the Conservatives in the run up to the election had been scrapped.Vaizey told IncGamers despite the scrapping of the relief for now, “[the] Government remain absolutely committed to supporting the Video Games Industry (sic) which offers so much to this country, but because of the hugely difficult economic circumstances we inherited the plans for a tax break can no longer go ahead.”Earlier today TIGA CEO Richard Wilson outlined his anger saying the government had “betrayed” the industry and that TIGA wouldn’t surrender the cause.Vaizey said that he’s aware there will be disappointment with the announcement, but insisted there is still good news in the budget for the industry.”[M]ajor package of reforms to business taxation announced in the Budget is designed to make the UK the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20 which will benefit the whole UK video games industry.
Osborne Scraps Videogame Tax Relief
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, has announced there will be no tax relief for the games industry.In the latest budget report Osborne said the tax breaks proposed were “poorly planned” and that the government will not introduce any tax breaks for the industry.This is a complete U-turn from both the Tory and Lib Dems message in their run-up campaigns to the election, and contradicts MP Ed Vaizey’s message of support for the industry and deputy PM Nick Clegg’s message of providing relief as soon as possible.Last year, as shadow minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Vaizey told IncGamers there needed to be more transparency in the way the industry was working, and he criticised the various trade bodies in the industry.