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UK game devs start to claim 'culturally British' tax breaks

Developers across the UK are donning their Union Jack dresses and piling up on their tea stocks, now that they claim the long-campaigned for "culturally British" tax breaks. We jest of course, but as of this week, qualifying studios are able to claim up to 25 percent on 80 percent of their...

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Proposed Rhode Island bill would default on 38 Studios loan debt

38 Studios, the now-defunct company created by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and developers of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, left a big hole of debt in Rhode Island when it went bankrupt. A $75 million loan guarantee-sized hole, to be exact. Last week, the state's legislature introduced a...

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WB Games Montreal gets $1.5 million investment from government

Quebec's government has invested $1.5 million in WB Games Montreal, developers of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins, as part of a five-year, $63 million expansion which will create 100 jobs at the company. WB Montreal Studio Chief Martin Carrier predicted the studio would play host to 500...

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Unreal Engine 3 licensed to contractor for US Army training sims

Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 is now in the hands of Intelligent Decisions, a company that creates virtual training simulations for the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. Intelligent Decisions wants to use UE3 to polish the movements of autonomous avatars in its Dismounted...

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UKIE 'pretty confident' UK tax relief will go through despite EU doubts

UK gaming trade body UKIE is "pretty confident" the country's tax break proposal will be approved by the European Union and finally put into place, nullifying the doubts raised by the EU Commission over taxpayers contributing to the proposed relief. Last year, the UK government approved the...

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EU Commission raises doubts over UK games tax relief, launching investigation

The European Commission announced an impending "in-depth investigation" into the UK tax relief for video games following doubts regarding its necessity. The breaks, announced last year by the UK government, are set to provide 25 percent tax relief on 80 percent of qualifying games' budget spent in...

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UK government investigating in-app purchase pressure on children

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which handles consumer protection in the UK, announced it's reviewing if freemium web and app games are encouraging children unduly to make purchases. The OFT says it's contacted certain companies behind free-to-play games, and asked parents and consumer groups to...

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Biden talks video game violence with industry representatives today

US vice-president Joe Biden is meeting with games industry representatives today to discuss the role of violent video games with regards to gun violence, as part of a response to last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. As the Associated Press reports, today's meeting in Washington...

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Japan prohibits import of R4 cartridges

Nintendo's ongoing struggle against the now-infamous R4 cartridge continues, as another blow against the potentially devious device has been dealt in Japanese government. While the R4 has been illegal to sell in Japan since 2009, importing the thing was still technically legal. Now, however, that...

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Australia's R18+ guidelines published, industry 'concerned'

The Australian government today published its new guidelines for the classification of computer games, but those guidelines were met with concern by the country's games industry. The R18+ classification for video games comes into effect on January 1 2013, but Australia's Interactive Games &...

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