Kotick Upset about U.K.’s Game Tax Break Reversal

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Kotick Upset about U.K.’s Game Tax Break Reversal

In a bid to reduce a whopping 156 pound (That’s about $250 million for those keeping track here in the USA) defecit, the British government has decided not to give planned tax breaks to British game developers. The decision has put Activision CEO Bobby Kotick on the attack, telling people to expect a loss of jobs.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said “I think it was a terrible mistake. There are so many other places that are encouraging the video games industry.”

Many are reading this quote as Kotick saying “If they don’t go through with the tax breaks, Activision will not be keeping our British office open,” which seems plausible especially considering other choices Kotick has made regarding the bottom line of his company. Closing the British arm of the Activision empire (located in Slough, Berkshire) would result in the loss of about 600 jobs.

We’ll keep you posted as more info is available. In the meantime, keep the British video game employees in your thoughts, as they may be unemployed before long.

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  • Mat Growcott
    January 6, 2011
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    I just imagined ‘The Office’ with Kotick as Ricky Gervais.

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link


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