France Launches Campaign To Attract British Game Developers To Relocate
The French government has launched a campaign called 'Join the Game', which offers subsidies, loans, and tax breaks to game developers that move to France. With the plans and schedule for Brexit and the UK's departure from the EU still unclear, UK game developers have been left in the dark in regards to what sort of support they will be able to rely on in future. France's messaging is clear: move to France and you will be supported.
The Join the Game website lays out the benefits of relocating. There's a 30% tax break on production expenses, which can save up to €6m a year, and there are significant loans available to game studios, which are paid back in scale with a studio's growth.
France already has a large video game industry, with major publishers such as Ubisoft and Focus Home Interactive calling it home. It also has studios like Dishonored developer Arkane, Dead Cells developer Motion Twin, and Blood Bowl developer Cyanide. Video games are now a larger part of the French economy than cinema.
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Brexit could be a major threat to the UK video game industry, The Guardian reports. Following Britain's invocation of Article 50, more than 40% of UK game companies said they were considering relocation. If it's harder to keep a studio open in the UK, either through lack of subsidies or challenges employing staff (more than 50% of UK game studios employ EU workers), then you can expect developers to look elsewhere.
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