British Politician Calls Lack of Tax Breaks "Madness"

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British Politician Calls Lack of Tax Breaks "Madness"

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Ed Balls, an MP for the Labour Party, has weighed in on the lack of tax incentives for UK developers in the wake of the troubles faced by Realtime Worlds.

Earlier this week, Scottish developer Realtime Worlds went into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk in the city of Dundee. Labour leader candidate Balls believes this situation could been avoided had the new Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition not scrapped the proposed tax breaks for the industry.

Writing on his blog, he said that the coalition was putting the videogame industry in Scotland at risk, and that Realtime Worlds could just be the beginning unless the government rethought its stance. He said the problems facing RTW were a "stark consequence" of a government that made cuts without thinking about the impact that it might have, and seemed to consider unemployment a fair price to pay. The videogame industry had contributed around a billion pounds to the British economy last year, he added, but there was serious competition from countries like Canada who were trying to entice companies to relocate. He advocated a much more long-term effort to reduce the deficit faced by the UK, where smaller budget cuts went hand in hand with investment in jobs.

I'm not a politician or an economist, but I must admit, this trying to spin the problems at RTW into a failing for the Coalition government seems a little opportunistic on Balls' part. While it's true that the lack of tax incentives do present an obstacle for the UK's videogame industry, to say that it's the reason that RTW is in trouble right now seems rather disingenuous. By all accounts, the reason that RTW is having problems is that it spent a lot of money making a game that no one really bought, and no amount of tax incentives will have prevented that.

Source: Gamasutra

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Oh Ed Balls.

There's a reason you and your party are not in power anymore.

Madness?

This! I- No, that's too obvious.

LordCuthberton:
Oh Ed Balls.

There's a reason you and your party are not in power anymore.

But there's also a reason we didn't really elect David Cameron in the first place..

OT: There's something awful about this Goverment, it's dragging down a few of our industries. But then again I'm just a little shrimp in an ocean..

LordCuthberton:
Oh Ed Balls.

There's a reason you and your party are not in power anymore.

Agreed.

Although if his party had made this Budget, There would be an opposing member saying the exact same thing.

Politicians don't argue because they believe it. They argue because they have nothing else to do.

TerribleAssassin:

But there's also a reason we didn't really elect David Cameron in the first place..

307 seats say another story.

Here's another of the candidates for the leadership of the Labour Party.

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LordCuthberton:
Oh Ed Balls.

There's a reason you and your party are not in power anymore.

Theres also a reason why listening to a word he says is a bad idea.

LordCuthberton:

TerribleAssassin:

But there's also a reason we didn't really elect David Cameron in the first place..

307 seats say another story.

307 isn't the magic number, now is it? Frankly given that Brown was leading Labour in a death spiral, the Conservatives ought to have sailed in. That they didn't speaks volumes. Mind, I voted Liberal; regretting it now.

Mr. Balls. Until you change your surname, it does not matter if we share an opinion or not, I am merely going to laugh at you.

Immature, perhaps, but at least my surname isn't Balls.

Balls is the Shadow Education Secretary. British Education did SO well under Labour...

And honestly...Ed Balls...*pfffft* Finbarr Saunders would have a field day.

Right sentiment, wrong way of putting it.

I like him, anyway.

LordCuthberton:

TerribleAssassin:

But there's also a reason we didn't really elect David Cameron in the first place..

307 seats say another story.

Dang, you and your maturity is no match for my adolescence and minimal understanding of politics..

Regardless of whether this would have saved RTW or not (read: doubtful), the Coalition's idea of just cutting everything is ridiculous. The Lib Dems have really screwed themselves (and their voters) over by going along with this.

Hmm. I dunno who this guy even is, so off to Google I go.

...This guy has some fairly exploitable pictures on image search. Hmm....

I think he forgot that nobody actually bought the game, tax incentives won't help you recuperate that much money invested. They need a decent amount of ROI.

Frequen-Z:
Mr. Balls. Until you change your surname, it does not matter if we share an opinion or not, I am merely going to laugh at you.

Immature, perhaps, but at least my surname isn't Balls.

Yes, i have to agree here. Not only he is a politican, but also has a surname like that. Could anyone possibly believe anything he says? I mean, with that kind of surname, his lack of trustworthiness is just too damn obvious.

TerribleAssassin:

Dang, you and your maturity is no match for my adolescence and minimal understanding of politics..

In short, this sums up the 2010 election.

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While the Tories did not hit the needed 326, they won the vast majority and made up the missing numbers in a pact with the much smaller Liberal Democrats.

No amount of spin is going to win Labour any supporters at this moment in time, we've only just got shot of the incompetent sods. Admittedly having Cameron and his enormous, never-moving forehead partially in charge isn't much better, but it's the lesser of two evils.

If people would stop laughing at his last name.

Mr. Balls is an idiot. The problems facing RTW have NOTHING to do with tax breaks: they have to do with rushed production and poor programming. Any gamer who spent more than fifteen minutes IN APB would know that he's just spewing a load of horseshit.

Crimsane:
Hmm. I dunno who this guy even is, so off to Google I go.

...This guy has some fairly exploitable pictures on image search. Hmm....

I love you.

he he he.

'Ed Balls.

Kollega:

Frequen-Z:
Mr. Balls. Until you change your surname, it does not matter if we share an opinion or not, I am merely going to laugh at you.

Immature, perhaps, but at least my surname isn't Balls.

Yes, i have to agree here. Not only he is a politican, but also has a surname like that. Could anyone possibly believe anything he says? I mean, with that kind of surname, his lack of trustworthiness is just too damn obvious.

As I can only assume you are implying I find him untrustworthy because of his surname, I feel I must point out the obvious;

Derp.

Try reading my post before quoting it so you don't waste my time. I never said he wasn't trustworthy, or even that I disagree with him, I just said his less than ideal surname overshadows his opinion.

As I understood it, Labour's planned tax breaks required games to be "culturally British" in order to get the break. I would think that APB would have failed that test, thus not get the break and thus Ed is talking out of his arse. And even if it passed, no tax break in the world would have covered the massive losses RTW suffered by APB (conservative estimate: US$30 million). So Ed is still talking out of his arse.

Frequen-Z:
As I can only assume you are implying I find him untrustworthy because of his surname, I feel I must point out the obvious;

Derp.

I'm not implying that, i'm just joking. Sarcasm-over-the-Internet is a bitch, isn't it?

Kollega:

Frequen-Z:
As I can only assume you are implying I find him untrustworthy because of his surname, I feel I must point out the obvious;

Derp.

I'm not implying that, i'm just joking. Sarcasm-over-the-Internet is a bitch, isn't it?

I guess we have a simple misunderstanding. My apologies. You'd be surprised how many times I've been quoted and the post has been similar to yours, except with all serious intent. Which is why I'm always so eager to snap back.

Oh COME ON! This is just dripping with memes and potential pop culture references. It's too much!

OT: Screw the Topic, Look at those potential references!

No Really OT: Well, It is Madness (LOOK AT THAT REFERENCE! LOOK AT IT!) but Realtime Worlds was doomed as soon as they started making an MMO. Should've just worked on Crackdown 2 rather than letting some other people slap it round the face with their bats. Then again the people at ruffian games were founded by Realtime Worlds folks and I guess that they wanted a game that wouldn't be so hard for them and would earn them a profit.

Calumon: Madness?

I agree.

Makes you wonder, if Labour really believes in more lenient tax breaks for game developers, why didn't they introduce them in the 13 years while they were in office instead of vilifying the industry through their Minister for "thinking of the children" Keith Vaz?

This just smacks of blatant opportunism.

Tomorrows Daily Mail:
"Former Labour Education Secretary Supports Violent Video Games"
"Corrupting Britains Youth"

Maybe I'm just tired, but knowing that there is a politician somewhere in the world named "Edward Balls" makes me laugh uncontrollably. Hey, it's not my fault that my brow is so low that my eyes are cast in perpetual shadow.

Frequen-Z:
Mr. Balls. Until you change your surname, it does not matter if we share an opinion or not, I am merely going to laugh at you.

Immature, perhaps, but at least my surname isn't Balls.

Glad I'm not the only one

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say!

Labour: Conservatives are doing it wrong
Conservatives: You would cut as well

Same old story and still fuck all getting done. When will we see the legalisation of drugs and copy the Swedish numberplate system, it's really really simple.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Balls is the Shadow Education Secretary. British Education did SO well under Labour...

And honestly...Ed Balls...*pfffft* Finbarr Saunders would have a field day.

Dick Armey would like to have a word with you...

I had to watch the Emergency Budget...live...and take notes

At which my boss at the time promptly asks "If it's a successful part of the economy, why does it need tax breaks?"

Logan Westbrook:
The videogame industry had contributed around a billion pounds to the British economy last year, he added, but there was serious competition from countries like Canada who were trying to entice companies to relocate.

The UK is slipping behind because the industry is treated just as if it can get money from anywhere.
Which, like every other industry at the moment, it can't.

Based off bedroom programmers getting together to form a company and launching a game was fine when capital was around and the costs, relatively, low but now it's much, much, much more expensive and time consuming. Just look at what Extra Credits says about the indie market compared to the mainstream, multinational developers and publishers.

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