Thursday October 29, 2020

Tech View: Gaming could be a hero to the economy

If Paschal Donohoe follows through on his budget promise to support gaming here, it could witness an even greater boom than the film industry

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

@emmetjryan
16th October, 2020
The games sector here is further along than where film and TV was at the start of the 1990s but with a little push, like the credit Donohoe is proposing, it could really go places. Picture: Getty

In the middle of his Budget 2021 speech last Tuesday, Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, mentioned a new tax credit for digital gaming. Detail was sparse, but some form of tax credit will be brought in or at least investigated next year. It was easy to forget in the middle of a budget heavily, and understandably, focused on Covid-19-related measures.

The credit, in whatever form it takes, should support Ireland’s growing games industry and...

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