The video game industry is considered as a strategic sector for France. It benefits from significant public support schemes.
As one of Europe’s Top 3 video game industries with 5,6 billion € turnover in 2021, the French video game industry works with the industry’s most daring creators, that combine creative and technical excellence.
Top 5 reasons to produce in France
France offers, more than ever, strong, and cost-effective opportunities as a place for the creation and development of video games.
1. 30% TAX CREDIT FOR VIDEO GAME
Accessible to all development studios based in France
2. EXCELENT SCHOOL
4 French schools in the top 10 Video Game schools worldwide (according to “The Rookies” – 2021)
3. UNIQUE TALENT
Combining creativity and innovation
4. STRONG INDUSTRY
Relying on 700+ development studios from European leader Ubisoft to boutique creative studios
5. DYNAMIC PRODUCTION HUBS
Support provided by the CNC
- The CNC is the one-stop shop for video game companies and professionals who want to set up in France
- Provides assistance with project funding in France: either through the tax credit or the support fund for video games
- Relies on a network of local organizations for video games, that offer free information about their territory, schools, talents, and studios
- Works with the French Ministry and Economy, Finances & Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE) and a network of French Partners such as Business France, the SNJV and the SELL
The Tax Credit for Video Game
- 30% of the eligible pre-tax expenditures directly allocated to the creation of a game
- Up to 6 M € per company and per year
ACCESSING FRENCH TAX CREDIT FOR VIDEO GAMES
The Tax Credit is available for companies that:
- Are in charge of the development of the game (whether they are IP owner or not)
- Are located in France and subject to corporate income tax in France
To qualify a project must:
- Have a development cost greater than or equal to €100,000
- Be made by a core team located in Europe
- Pass a cultural test based on creativity and innovation
Since 2008, about 350 games and 200 studios have benefited from the tax credit.