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UKIE wants 30% games industry tax break, UK begins tax plan scrutiny

UKIE, a trade group for the entertainment industry in the UK, joined UK gaming trade association TIGA in calling for a tax relief flat rate of 30 percent across the industry, in the hopes of stimulating the UK's game development business. In March, UK chancellor George Osborne pledged to "turn Brit...

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TIGA outlines UK's Games Tax Relief, calls for 30% flat rate

TIGA, the UK games industry's trade association, outlined its recommendations for Games Tax Relief to the British government today. Following the government's backing earlier this year for tax relief support (as provided in Canada, France, and the US) TIGA called for a 30% flat rate to save the nat...

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Blizzard cites US trade restrictions for disconnecting Iranian players

Blizzard Entertainment has disconnected Iranian players from Battle.net, preventing access to online-required games World of Warcraft and Diablo 3. The company states it has tightened its procedures to comply with current US law. "Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the I...

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Microsoft files trademark for 'Galactic Reign'

Microsoft filed a trademark last week for something called "Galactic Reign," specifically in the categories of "video game software," as well as "entertainment services, namely, providing online video games." This could indicate an unannounced game, but Microsoft isn't sharing any other comments on...

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Game developers bullish about Australian tax break bill

Game Developers Association of Australia CEO Tony Reed is, as you might imagine, a big fan of the $1.9 billion tax break for video game research and development that's making its way through the nation's government. Speaking to Gamespot, Reed explained, "No matter how big or small a studio is, th...

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Japanese government refuses Sony approval for PSN relaunch

According to a report from the Dow Jones newswire, a Japanese regulatory official has confirmed that the nation's government hasn't given Sony approval to relaunch PSN services in the territory. The source, Ministry of Economy Content Industry director Kazushige Nobutani, says the government refu...

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National Endowment for the Arts grants now available for games

It looks like the affirmative side of the "Games as Art" debate just got a powerful player on their side: The National Endowment for the Arts. The government agency recently changed its "Arts on Radio and Television" category to the somewhat broader "Arts in Media." According to the official NEA ...

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Australian federal govt presses for consensus on R18 game rating creation

"We're becoming the laughing stock of the developed world," declared Australia's Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor to ABC News, "where we're the only country that doesn't have R18 classification level for video games." Following the Australian Classification Board's final refusal to grant M...

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Australian federal cabinet approves R18+ games rating, passing along to AGs

Australian gamers who are also grown-ass adults are now one huge step closer to getting their hands on mature games currently deemed too perverse to be released in their homeland. Australia's federal cabinet recently approved the R18+ rating for video games which has eluded the country for many yea...

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How tomorrow's Supreme Court violent game case could affect consumers

Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will convene to hear oral arguments for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association -- a case most gamers are likely familiar with. The court will decide whether or not to overturn the decisions of the Northern District of California C...

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