Activision Blizzard Considering Moving Out of UK Because of Taxes

Britain recently scrapped plans to provide tax relief for game developers, and Bobby Kotick is pissed. “I think it was a terrible mistake,” bro said (as reported by The Telegraph). “There are so many other places that are encouraging the video games industry.”

Activision Blizzard has a big-ass office with 600 people in Britain, and so moving out of there would not be a small enterprise. It’d be a huge enterprise, in fact, if they were to actually move away, and so this’ll be an interesting story to watch. Of course, the most interesting aspect of this story is not even about Activision, which wouldn’t be hugely affected by this anyway since they’re so freaking rich. More interesting would be how smaller developers react.

Here in the US companies do a lot of slightly odd things for tax breaks, like how every LLC has a home address in Delaware, for example. I wonder if they could do that in the UK, like keep the office in Britain while filing in like Scotland or something.

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2 Comments on Activision Blizzard Considering Moving Out of UK Because of Taxes

UtopiaV1

On January 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Briton = England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Having an office in the lands of the Scots won’t help if the tax increase is over the whole British Isles. Just look at Rockstar North, they moved away years ago! The British government is useless, but everyone knows that already ¬_¬

Phil Owen

On January 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Interesting. I guess they should move to Delaware, then.