French minister to combat outsourcing with tax breaks

WoW = cultural heritage?Now, videogames may not be the first thing that comes into people’s heads when they hear “France,” but the fact of the matter is that three of the world’s biggest videogame manufacturers – Ubisoft, Infogrames Entertainment and World of Warcraft publisher Vivendi Games – call the country home.

According to Culture minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, local production of videogames is as important to France’s national identity as the Louvre, and he is now calling for laws that would prevent the country’s videogame companies from outsourcing their production to low cost countries.

One of the things he is suggesting is to give France’s game producers the same tax breaks that are given to cultural institutions.

“Call me the minister of video games if you want; I am proud of this,” said Donnedieu de Vabres, in a recent interview with the International Herald Tribune. “Video games are not a mere commercial product,” he continued. “They are a form of artistic expression.”

Of course, the heads of France’s videogame industry are all going for the idea. They’ve even pledged not to even think about outsourcing if the French government agrees to the deal. Says Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, in an interview with the Herald Tribune, “Without production in France, we lose the creativity and diversity that this country offers.”

Via Information Week

WoW = cultural heritage?Now, videogames may not be the first thing that comes into people’s heads when they hear “France,” but the fact of the matter is that three of the world’s biggest videogame manufacturers – Ubisoft, Infogrames Entertainment and World of Warcraft publisher Vivendi Games – call the country home.

According to Culture minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, local production of videogames is as important to France’s national identity as the Louvre, and he is now calling for laws that would prevent the country’s videogame companies from outsourcing their production to low cost countries.

One of the things he is suggesting is to give France’s game producers the same tax breaks that are given to cultural institutions.

“Call me the minister of video games if you want; I am proud of this,” said Donnedieu de Vabres, in a recent interview with the International Herald Tribune. “Video games are not a mere commercial product,” he continued. “They are a form of artistic expression.”

Of course, the heads of France’s videogame industry are all going for the idea. They’ve even pledged not to even think about outsourcing if the French government agrees to the deal. Says Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, in an interview with the Herald Tribune, “Without production in France, we lose the creativity and diversity that this country offers.”

Via Information Week

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