Alberta axes tax credit scheme that helps indie developers

It looks like game companies in Alberta are in trouble, with a tax credit scheme set up to assist smaller developers and publishers axed earlier this week.

Initially created to assist with 25% of the salaries and bonuses for staff, the tax credit initiative helped companies such as Beamdog, the developers behind Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights Enhanced editions.

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition/ Beamdog

Trent Oster, the CEO of the company was quoted by CBC, saying that he “felt betrayed” by the decision to remove the tax credit system the company was relying upon.

With other provinces in Canada still offer similar incentives, it’s a damaging blow to the Alberta-based company, as well as more than 50 other companies operating in the province.

I hope they can arrange a suitable solution in order to offer their staff the job security they need.


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