Canada officials to Hoover up UK games investment

Now that plans for video games tax relief have been decapitated and kicked around in the dust, the Nova Scotia government has revealed plans to visit the UK and persuade British game developers to move their business across the pond.

"The current government in the UK has completely cancelled all of their media tax credits," explained Nova Scotia's Premier Darrell Dexter to CBC News. "As a result thereof, there is a considerable interest in many of those companies looking for other jurisdictions."

Representatives of the Canadian province set off for the UK next week, where they reportedly plan to persuade software developers to set up shop in Nova Scotia. According to Dexter, the business "fits with our skills development program, it fits with the universities, it fits with the number of young people we have."

The news comes soon after reports that mock Canadian passports were handed out in marketing packs at a UK gaming trade show, with disgruntled UK developers saying "the Canadians are circling like vultures since the news broke that we aren't getting any tax breaks."

This week, Prime Minister David Cameron ignored a question about video games tax relief in Prime Minister's Questions, pointing out that the Government had lowered corporation tax, while not addressing the specific issue of tax relief.

Plans for games tax relief in the UK were included in the last Labour budget, but they've since been shelved in a move the coalition government claims will save up to £50 million a year.

Game devs may also bee wooed by the fact that residents of Nova Scotia can take part in a lottery called the Moose Draw and if they win go and shoot a moose, so long as they first buy a Licence for Hunting and Furharvesting and then a Moose Hunting Stamp.