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"Videogames are a developing sector which we wish to support." That's what Minister Dario Franceschini states in an interview with the 'Corriere della Sera' during the Milan Games Week, the fair dedicated to videogames, currently taking place in Milan. He further adds: "This sector is in constant development, with many new companies employing under-30 talents and working at the highest level of production. It is able to attract big international productions and talents, although it received little attention from the State so far. Thanks to the extension of the audio-visual tax credit to videogames production, today this sector is rightly recognized. For instance, the new Cinecittà will play a key role offering research and development activies, studies on video production, professional training. This is how the relationship potential between the various sectors - cinema, television, videogames - will be exploited at best. Moreover, we will work for the internationalization of the sector in order to allow the return of young Italian talents who are now successfully employed in big foreign companies."

Franceschini goes on listing a number of projects that see videogames at the core of cultural activies. Besides "Father & Son", a videogame produced by the National Museum of Naples, which will be followed by those created by the Archeological Museums of Taranto and Reggio Calabria, the Minister reminds the "Games for Culture project. Proposed by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with Aesvi, this is a national call for the production of videogames for cultural heritage. Moreover, the Italy for Movies platform will feature a section dedicated to Italian locations where important videogames have been set, in order to attract those tourists who wish to experience their favourite videogames in the real life."

The new Cinema Law, approved last November, extends the tax credit to the production and distribution of Italian videogrames, and establish a fund for their development.

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