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Scandinavian Pol to Brits... We'll Take Your Video Game Industry

"Hey, U.K., if you don't want that video game industry, we'll take it..."

That seems to be the message some Scandinavian officials are sending to their British counterparts. As reported by GameIndustry.biz, Erik Robertson, leader of Nordic Game, a government-funded organization, criticized the British government for not supporting the country's video game industry.

"I would say that if the British government and politicians in Britain keep refusing to support their industry," Robertson said, "the third in the world in terms of size - from the Nordic perspective: good idea."

Norwegian minister for culture and church affairs Trond Giske (seen at left, perhaps preparing for the release of Forza Motorsport 2) echoed Robertson's remarks.

"I'll be careful giving advice to politicians in other countries," Giske said, "but I can say what our objectives are towards this industry. I view it as a cultural industry, as a media branch. This is something people develop their impressional skills, their ability to see the world in different angles and ways, and I think it's very important that we have ways of telling stories from our own culture also in this industry as in movies."

Tags: erik robertson, nordic game, scandinavia, trond giske
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At least somebody gets it. Video games are just the next step in cultural expansion. They are no different from the television, movies, comic books, radio, and *gasp* novels that everyone has gotten upset over in the past.
This could be the exact thing the game industry needs right now.

If smaller countries start to develop games, it will not only help their economic standards but may also save the game industry from falling into the pit of consumerism and repeditive recycling of GTA knockoffs and whanot
Third world? Sweden? OK, so it may not have an enormous population, but it's fair to say that they've managed to find the time to register as a developed nation.

Europe is really quite good at games, and the more countries encouraging their production, the better.
Although the words "Third" and "World" are spoken the words "in the" are between them making it a different meaning.
I was referring to grimm24's subject line.
I agree. Beyond Good & Evil was one of the best games ever and I really want a sequel too it.
Actually, saying the UK Government doesn't support game companies is more than a little unfair...

http://www.ukinvest.gov.uk/2/d/10129/en/GB/1.0.html
That's what I was thinking. It would have made more sense if they said they would take the U.S. game industry, which is attacked by politicians 'round the clock. It would be hilarious if the industry of either country really did leave, and take the billions of dollars they bring into the economy with them. Goodness knows the economies of the U.S. and U.K. are shitty enough already.
It's one thing to 'attack', it's another to 'not support'.

The thing with the UK's support though is that it's just for 'software', (or to a lesser extent 'business') which is usually tied up in the state's healthcare system, and if some money happens to dribble down to games, then so be it- Norway's proposition is game development-centric, and some bills like that have started to pop up stateside.

/b
True, but the UK government tend to be more supportive of independant encouragement, things like the Princes Trust and other such bodies that will grant money to people wanting to start small businesses etc. I'll admit that the flaw here is that not enough money is being filtered through to these organisations, starting your own games company would be a large layout in an very shaky field, no-one really knows why some games sell and some don't, it seems to be more about advertising than quality at the moment.

If the government is guilty of anything, it's guilty of not supporting smaller businesses in general, it's not that there's no support available but it is difficult and complex to obtain, once again, I'll agree that this particular side of things needs to be dealt with, else there's a chance that the next generation of software houses, the ones which are small businesses at the moment, WILL lose momentum in the UK and move abroad.
sorry that this is unrelated, but MAN, does that guy resemble kevin spacey...
Take the US's game industry to I want to leave here before this country becomes a corporate or theological state!