The The Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) will take the opportunity to appeal to the Australian Federal Government at Game Connect: Asia Pacific 2007 Conference and Expo to grant the video game industry the same 40% tax rebate it recently granted the film industry.

The GDAA believes it is being treated unfairly compared to the film and special effects industry sector of the entertainment industry in Australia. It is estimated that the video game industry contributes $400 million to the economy and directly employs 8,500 Australians.

“The Federal Government could do much to learn from the Canadian government which has created over 10,000 jobs in video game development over the last four years though the right financial incentives” said Tom Crago, President, and Greg Bondar, CEO of the of the GDAA.

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