Video games sector in Dundee : MSP to meet Minister

22 October 2010

Marlyn Glen is to meet Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop next week to discuss the level of Scottish Government assistance to the computer games industry in Dundee.

Ms. Glen said,

" The predominance of the UKs games development businesses in Dundee and Tayside gives the city a crucial area of private sector employment as a channel for investment in future industries to realign the local economy.

"This is despite the decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to scrap tax relief for the video games industry, and the demise of Realtime Worlds.

"The case for tax support for creative industries such as computer games in Dundee remains unequivocally correct.

"If the UK Government will not provide that tax relief then the Scottish Government must re-examine its position on financial backing for the industry.

"The Scottish Government already supports the sector in the city through its 3 million investment in Abertay University as the UKs first Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.

Ms. Glen continued,

" The industry in Dundee and Tayside needs aid to sustain its international development opportunities.

"The city has the distinction of having in Abertay University, not just an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for video games education but also the first university in the world to offer a degree in computer games development as far back as 1997."

Ms. Glen will meet Ms. Hyslop on 28th. October in the Scottish Parliament.

 

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