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Electronic Arts Getting Massive Tax Breaks

Porterfield September 12, 2011 User blog:Porterfield

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Dead Space 2 Box Art

This game shipped 2 million copies in one week

Fantastic news for us, right? Well, it depends on both your perspective and priorities. According to the New York Times, the video game industry is receiving unprecedented tax breaks, as the industry qualifies as software development, entertainment, and online retail. They are receiving levels of subsidization that companies rooted only in entertainment could only dream of. The article cites Electronic Arts as an example, and explains how the video game industry's tax breaks, according to analysts, "defy common sense". Even oil companies are questioning why the makers of video games, a very profitable industry, are getting subsidized to make a product whose sole purpose is entertainment.

From a strictly gaming perspective, the news is good for us, as it seems the producers of our favorite games are getting more money to create better games. That may be true, but from the perspective of simply being American, this news is kind of dismal. By no means am I siding with those awful oil executives, but we must question whether it's appropriate for all multimillion dollar corporations to be treated with such leniency. Alas, I'll leave the floor to you guys. Read the NYTimes article, as it's quite interesting, and vote below.

Do you think the video game industry is getting too much help from the government?
 
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The poll was created at 23:26 on September 12, 2011, and so far 14 people voted.

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