Aurélie FILIPPETTI, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Fleur PELLERIN, Minister Delegate to the Minister for Productive Recovery in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy, have launched a working group on video games, this Thursday, April 4, on the occasion of a visit of the French studio Quantic Dream, an SME emblematic of French excellence in the video game sector, located Porte de Montreuil in Paris.

After a visit to the Quantic Dream studio, three other companies emblematic of the diversity and dynamism of French video games came to present their projects: Focus Home Interactive, Bulkypix, and Pretty Simple.

At the crossroads of cultural issues and the digital economy, the video game industry is a highly creative sector with high added value, in a necessarily global market. France has undeniable and internationally recognized assets in this field: high-performance initial training courses, renowned artists and designers, and world champions.

Today, this sector faces a double challenge. The international competition is very strong, especially with Asia and the North American continent which attract many companies and talents. In addition, the uses, technologies and economic models of this cultural industry are undergoing major changes due to the diversification of platforms.

In recent years, France has lost places in world competition. For Arnaud MONTEBOURG, Aurélie FILIPPETTI and Fleur PELLERIN, it is necessary to give new impetus to this sector by relying on the mobilization of professionals and public authorities. The challenge is to improve the competitiveness of the video game industry, to adapt the system of financing production, and to promote the attractiveness of France in order to make our country the European leader, and to return to the world leader.  We are committed to developing talent and exporting the Made in France video game.”

In this perspective, a working group will bring together the two main unions in the video game sector (the Syndicat des éditeurs de logiciels de loisirs and the Syndicat national du jeu vidéo), Ubisoft, the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, and the services of the two departments that will work together.

The Minister of Culture and Communication indicated that the proposals that would be formulated by the joint mission on digital content and cultural policy in the digital age entrusted to Pierre LESCURE concerning video games would naturally be submitted to the The European Parliament has taken a very positive view of this.

Ministers clarified that the conclusions of this working group would be linked to the timetable of the 2014 finance law.