1. stop subsidizing videogame companies: videogame companies get more tax breaks and subsidies than the oil industry and the agricultural industry (as a % of the size of each industry i mean), that's ridiculous. that's why the AAA has such a monopoly over indies, the gov unfairly favors them and subsidizes them -- or if you're going to do that, at least be fair and give indies similar subsidies on their tax returns. it makes no sense that an indie should have to pay like 35% tax and EA have to pay 0% tax
Are these things true?! O.o I simply don't get why the US gov would allow tax reductions on AAA developers.
If anyone's still wondering about that, there was an article
in the NYT all about it. Here's an excerpt on the subject of the tax breaks:
Because video game makers straddle the lines between software development, the entertainment industry and online retailing, they can combine tax breaks in ways that companies like Netflix and Adobe cannot. Video game developers receive such a rich assortment of incentives that even oil companies have questioned why the government should subsidize such a mature and profitable industry whose main contribution is to create amusing and sometimes antisocial entertainment.
One reason Electronic Arts and other video game companies have a bounty of tax incentives that other industries envy is that elected officials from across the political spectrum find it hard to resist offering incentives to encourage technological research — and jobs.
Video game companies also get other research-related breaks. In 1981, as Americans worried that Japan’s growing dominance in the auto business would be followed by a decline of the high-tech industry in the United States, Congress added another research and development credit, this time specifically for companies that increased their R.& D. spending from the previous year. The hope was that by encouraging companies to invest more in research, the private sector might create the next Bell Laboratories and inspire the kind of technological breakthroughs that benefit society as a whole.
There's much more detail in the article, with more history of the tax code and other ways the video game industry saves money.