The recent announcement of corporate tax credit cuts in the Quebec budget could spell trouble for the local games industry, according to the head of the video game lobby group Alliance Numérique, Martin Carrier.Finance Minister Carlos Leitão cut tax credits to the Quebec video game industry by 20 percent in his June 4 budget. Carrier, who also serves a vice president of Warner Bros. Games Montreal, said the loss of the tax credits could lead to game development jobs going to Europe, the U.S. or Ontario.said to reporters. “… Jobs will be created elsewhere. We want to keep creating jobs here, adding to the 9,000 jobs already [in Quebec], so it’s important to keep supporting companies.La Presse reports that major players in the Canadian games industry like Ubisoft and Warner Bros. will be spared until at least 2019 because of agreements the companies signed with previous governments.These private agreements could introduce further problems in the Quebec games industry, potentially giving Ubisoft and Warner Bros. the capital to offer more competitive salaries.The CEO of Eidos Montreal, David Anfossi, and head of BioWare Montreal, Yanick Roy, both expressed concerned over the inequality the agreements create.”I do not know how Ubisoft and Warner… Read full this story
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