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State aid: Norwegian aid scheme for computer games approved

26.11.2014

PR(14)67

Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority approved an aid scheme for the development, promotion and distribution of interactive productions, such as computer games, notified by the Norwegian authorities.

The purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the development of more alternative interactive productions in the Norwegian language with restricted market potential and budgets, but of high artistic and technical quality. The scheme targets especially products for children and young people. It will also contribute to the promotion and distribution of such products in Norway and abroad.

A similar aid scheme regarding games was approved by the Authority in 2009, as part of a larger aid scheme for audiovisual productions. That scheme is due to expire on 31 December 2014.

The Authority has come to the conclusion that the new scheme for interactive productions fulfills the requirements of the EEA state aid rules. A selective cultural test is applied to ensure that aid is granted only for the promotion of cultural products. The grants appear to constitute the appropriate instrument to achieve the cultural objective being pursued. In addition, the aid intensities applied are in line with the criteria laid down in the 2014 Film and Audiovisual Guidelines, which were applied by analogy.

A non-confidential version of the decision will be published in the register of state aid decisions on the Authority's website, normally within a month.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

 




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