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Video Games: Finance

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much financial assistance the Government has provided to the video games industry since 1997. (267567)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. We do not have the specific figures broken down by sector or year.

However, the video games industry has access to Government support in a number of different ways. Examples include research and development tax credits and support from the Technology Strategy Board, which funded the Creative Industries Technology and Innovation Network. Direct support from UK Trade and Investment is also available, including that for trade missions.

Additional support is also available from the regional development agencies and the regional screen agencies, this takes the form of financial assistance to individual games companies, funding of sector-specific networks, funding of sector support and incubation initiatives through universities and take-up of business support activities by computer games companies.