France extends games tax relief until 2028

Date Type Companies involved Size
November 21st, 2022 investment Not disclosed
France extends games tax relief until 2028

The French government has pledged to continue offering video game tax relief until the end of 2028.

That's according to the country's minister for the Digital Transition Jean-Noël Barrot, who – as reported by – revealed at Paris Games Week that the scheme would be extended until December 31st, 2028.

Though it will be available for longer, tax relief does come with changes, including a more streamlined process and new rules. Said new regulations include more of a focus on new IP, as well as new kinds of narrative or visual concepts. On top of that, there's a focus on tech innovations, as well as games that celebrate European identity.

Since it debuted back in 2008, French video games tax relief has helped out over 370 projects from 150 studios.

In 2021 alone, it aided 38 projects, representing €43 million ($44 million) in tax.

The scheme allows studios to claim back 30 per cent of the development cost of a particular project.

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