UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the Piss

July 6, 2010 -

Attendees of a recent Game Horizon Conference in the UK last week found mock Canadian passports on their seats in a stunt designed highlight Canada’s pro-game developer tax incentives. The timing of the marketing initiative however—coming less than a fortnight after similar tax breaks were killed in the UK—managed to rankle a few feathers.

One anonymous British developer told CVG that the promotion, put on by the relocation firm Quickstar Global, made Canada seem like “vultures.” The source stated, “As a British developer it makes me disappointed and angry to see the Canadian government agencies circling the UK like vultures as soon as word was out that the Government u-turned on our tax breaks.”

Another source bemoaned “Are things now so tight that we can't find British companies to sponsor our events rather than having the Canadian Government preying on our talent and companies?”


Image via I Can Haz Cheezburger


Comments

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

quickstar?  as in that pyramid scam company?

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

“As a British developer it makes me disappointed and angry to see the Canadian government agencies circling the UK like vultures as soon as word was out that the Government u-turned on our tax breaks.”

Heaven forbid a country should actually want to support and nurture industry.

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

I never thought I'd see the day when somebody would feel threatened by Canada.  It's a crazy, crazy world we live in.

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

Gee, the UK is apparently still bitter about that.

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

This would be like you and a friend are both eating an ice cream cone, but before you could take that first bite, the ice cream falls on the floor. Then your friend starts eating his and saying things like "Mmmmmmmmm, this is the best ice cream ever!"

Not a pleasant experience for you.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

Oh, it's not pleasant, but it's a little more than that. Canada's been running the tax breaks for a while now. The UK government made the decision to kill their own tax breaks. So it's more like:

"You and your friend are both enjoying some ice cream. Your friend however then decides to throw his last scoop out, while you finish yours. At that point, the sun comes from behind a cloud and then starts baking you both. You then say to him 'mmmm... this is really good ice cream', while your friend looks into the trash."

It's an entirely unplesant experience, but it is one that is ultimately self-inflicted.

 

Best keep your wits about you: The gears of life are always spinning, and ignorance eventually means you'll get caught in them.

Best keep your wits about you: The gears of life are always spinning, and ignorance eventually means you'll get caught in them.

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

BULLSHIT. You're conflating the British Government with the UK's videogames industry. One definitely does not equal the other. Plus, what with various local trade bodies clamouring loudly for these tax incentives and bemoaning their disappearance, it would be totally unfair to say that this wound was self-inflicted.

-- teh moominz --

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

Aw, Canada's not so bad.  We're like the UK except the weather is nice sometimes.

---
Fangamer

---
Fangamer

Re: UK Developers: Pro-Canada Marketing Stunt Takes the ...

Maybe the UK will now have tax brakes for game development. That or have Canada invade there entire gaming industry.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Is King right? Should all games adopt the free-to-play model?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenAs it happens, Chinatown Wars is the only GTA game I've played.04/19/2014 - 10:43am
Papa MidnightWith GTA5 (to date) failing to even provide indication of a PC release, I'm realising that this might be the first GTA game that I have not played (outside of Chinatown Wars) since the series inception.04/19/2014 - 8:14am
IanCSo im guessing a bunch of edutainment games, which a lot of people elsewhere are going gaga over, dot count as classics? Okay. If you don't mind me, i have a sudden urge to play Putt Putt....04/19/2014 - 6:15am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician