Eidos creative director and head of acquisitions Ian Livingstone has lashed out at the governments lack of respect for the games industry.
“We’re seen as the red-headed stepchild of the creative industries, one notch up from pornography in the eyes of most of the establishment,” he told the Guardian newspaper.
Never-ending government pressure on games designers to tone down violence, sex and bad language in games resulted in Livingstone’s rant.
He had claimed on numerous occasions that the pressure on games designers could see a slump in designer creativity and called for the government to introduce a 20 percent tax credit for UK developers to fall in line with those in other countries and the UK film industry.
“They forget that half of the world and half of the UK’s population play games,” he continued, “games help define who we are as human beings – they are as important, culturally and socially, as music and films.”
“In the past six years, half of the independent UK development studios have already closed or been bought by foreign publishers who see more value in our studios and intellectual property than we do ourselves. We’ll end up being a work-for-hire nation.”
As of yet there has been no statement released by government officials, but if one ever does arrive, watch this space…