Copyright 2011 Rocksolid GamesMalta Game DevelopmentAn Overviewby Nick Porsche                 1
BENEFITS           Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games 2
Malta: Locational Benefits• Member of the European Union & Euro Zone• Proven base for international gaming companies• Euro...
The Maltese Tax System• Full Imputation System  approved by the EU• Maltese corporate income is  taxed regularly at 35%, b...
Full Imputation System Diagram                    Live Game(s)    International Investor,                                 ...
Business Incentive ListTax Benefits:                      Grants: • 5% Full Imputation Tax System    • EUREKA (research ba...
DEVELOPER ENVIRONMENT                        Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games   7
Gaming Companies • TRC Family Entertainment • Bigpoint International • AV Technologies                                    ...
Game Development Education• University of Malta• St. Martins Institute of IT• Holistic Courses                            ...
Student Competitions• Gamezing – University of Malta, Malta Council of  Science and Technology, Malta Enterprise, St  Mart...
Game Conventions• Digital Games Malta Conventions• Chinajoy (Malta Enterprise presence)• GC Cologne (Malta Enterprise pres...
Gaming Associated Organizations• University Malta• Malta Enterprise• Finance Ministry                                  Cop...
Future Challenges• Reclaiming “gaming” terminology from gambling  industry• Bundling subsidies and incentives (spread out ...
BUSINESS MODELS                  Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games  14
Local Development• Development team located in Malta• Team sizes small to medium (1-100+)• Product sold / licensed to intl...
International Licensing• Licensing contracts run through Malta Ltd.• Business Development installed in Malta (tbd)• Licens...
Live Game Maintenance• Live game sold/moved to Malta• Project management installed in Malta• Live development installed in...
Distributed Development• Development contracts run through Malta Ltd.• Project management run from Malta• Work with intern...
External Services• Service teams located in Malta• Staff sizes small to large• Services sold / to local and intl. game dev...
Questions?     Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games20
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  1. 1. Copyright 2011 Rocksolid GamesMalta Game DevelopmentAn Overviewby Nick Porsche 1
  2. 2. BENEFITS Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games 2
  3. 3. Malta: Locational Benefits• Member of the European Union & Euro Zone• Proven base for international gaming companies• Europe’s foremost regulated online jurisdiction Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• Very good ICT infrastructure• Highly advantageous tax system• Very attractive working and living conditions• Low wages and non-wage labour costs• English official national language 3
  4. 4. The Maltese Tax System• Full Imputation System approved by the EU• Maltese corporate income is taxed regularly at 35%, but… • Tax advantage occurs on Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games shareholder level • Dividend is paid out to non resident shareholder (can also be a holding company) • Non-resident shareholder is eligible for 6/7 tax refund, effectively resulting in corporate tax of 5% 4
  5. 5. Full Imputation System Diagram Live Game(s) International Investor, Publisher or LicensorEU/Non EUMalta Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games Game Development Ltd. Maltese Financial Game Dev. 5 Authorities HoldCo
  6. 6. Business Incentive ListTax Benefits: Grants: • 5% Full Imputation Tax System • EUREKA (research based) for intl. Investors - ongoing • ERDF (research and development) • 15% flat tax for intl. games experts (title list) – 2012 Funds: Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games • var.% tax benefits (R&D, IP, • Malta Games Fund worth job creation, etc) 150kpA/€ • var. % for MicroInvest program (ends 31 Dec. 2011) Loans: • JEREMIE (Joint European • 25k/€ tax benefit for Create Resources for Micro to program Medium Enterprises) • 15k/€ tax benefit for • Soft loans (Malta Enterprise educational or promotional due diligence, norm. 33% max. 75% of cost) 6 digital games
  7. 7. DEVELOPER ENVIRONMENT Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games 7
  8. 8. Gaming Companies • TRC Family Entertainment • Bigpoint International • AV Technologies Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games • Rocksolid Games (in founding) • Gameforge (non-op) • King.com… and several games related experts and studentactivities 8
  9. 9. Game Development Education• University of Malta• St. Martins Institute of IT• Holistic Courses Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• STC IT-College Pembroke (starting 2012) 9
  10. 10. Student Competitions• Gamezing – University of Malta, Malta Council of Science and Technology, Malta Enterprise, St Martin’s Institute of IT• GameDev Challenge - St Martin’s Institute of IT Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games 10
  11. 11. Game Conventions• Digital Games Malta Conventions• Chinajoy (Malta Enterprise presence)• GC Cologne (Malta Enterprise presence) Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games 11
  12. 12. Gaming Associated Organizations• University Malta• Malta Enterprise• Finance Ministry Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• Banking Sector• European Union 12
  13. 13. Future Challenges• Reclaiming “gaming” terminology from gambling industry• Bundling subsidies and incentives (spread out over departments and organizations) Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• Building up a local expert resource pool• Forming digital games lobby• Press work and public information (putting Malta on the international Gaming map) 13
  14. 14. BUSINESS MODELS Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games 14
  15. 15. Local Development• Development team located in Malta• Team sizes small to medium (1-100+)• Product sold / licensed to intl. games publishers• Digital self-publishing Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• Most probable types and genres: • Browser-based games (MMO’s, Social, etc.) • Digitally distributed games (App Store, Client etc.) • Skill games (Freemium/”Gambling” hybrids) • Serious games (Gamification)• Pros: Low costs, low tax, EU legislation• Cons: Local talent pool 15
  16. 16. International Licensing• Licensing contracts run through Malta Ltd.• Business Development installed in Malta (tbd)• Licensed product sold/sub licensed to intl. Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games publisher• Maximize profit through reduced taxes• Pros: Low costs, low tax, EU legislation• Cons: Off the map, travel costs/time 16
  17. 17. Live Game Maintenance• Live game sold/moved to Malta• Project management installed in Malta• Live development installed in Malta Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• Benefit from low personnel costs and expenses• Pros: Low costs, EU legislation, low tax• Cons: Local talent pool• Attention: taxes for the sale apply in country 17
  18. 18. Distributed Development• Development contracts run through Malta Ltd.• Project management run from Malta• Work with international work for hire teams Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games• Benefit from low international development costs• Pros: Low costs, low tax, EU legislation• Cons: Local talent pool, travel costs/time 18
  19. 19. External Services• Service teams located in Malta• Staff sizes small to large• Services sold / to local and intl. game developers• Most probable services: Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games • Quality Assurance / Testing • Community Management / Games Mastering • Localization / Translation • Market Research and Analysis• Pros: Low costs, low tax, EU legislation 19• Cons: Connection to international dev/publishers
  20. 20. Questions? Copyright 2011 Rocksolid Games20

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