For a formal recognition of video game as intellectual and artistic work in the French legislation.
"The cultural nature of the organisation 3 Hit combo cannot be recognized since its activity is not dedicated to the creation, distribution, or protection of artistic and intellectual work as defined by the administrative doctrine, which excludes recreational and leisure activities."
Extract from a letter issued on March 15 th , 2016, in which the Direction Régionale des Finances Publiques replied to the Rennes-based association 3 Hit Combo regarding a request to collect donations and to grant tax rescripts.
On May 20 th , 2018, the Rennes-based association 3 Hit Combo has concluded the 14 th edition of the Stunfest, the festival of video game culture. In its press release on May 25 th , 3 Hit Combo explained how its entire project is threatened by factors that have impacted the festival.
On March 15th, 2016, 3 Hit Combo received a letter from the Direction Régionale des Finances Publiques (DRFIP) forbidding it to accept donations eligible for tax reductions. This response reflects the lack of recognition given to the video game in France.
Beyond the particular position of the non-profit organisation 3 Hit Combo, the issue extends to the recognition of the video game as a cultural object in France. It is the existence of individual or collective projects in the fields of education, culture, health and sport, using the video game as a tool, that is jeopardized by such lack of recognition.
We are aiming to trigger a response from the French public policies, with a clear demand, in terms of cultural rights, for an official recognition of the video game and related activities, in the same way as "dramatic, lyric, musical, choreographic, cinematographic or circus works" as it has been denied to us in the letter from the DRFIP.
While this petition is a response to the situation in which 3 Hit Combo finds itself, it is above all intended to serve any individual or cultural stakeholder affected by our situation.
3 Hit combo organisation has been founded in 2005 in Rennes.
Its main goal is to provide an opportunity to play, with our core values: Innovation, Independence, Originality, Sharing, Experimentation. To us, gaming is above all a means of fostering the emergence of new creative, cultural and popular digital practices. We strive to promote the creation and distribution of game features through original video game experiments, with an emphasis on the diversion of uses.
3 Hit Combo has been organising the Stunfest video game culture festival since 2005 in Rennes and has been working in the field of Social and Solidarity Economy with the approval of the French Department of Youth, Popular Education and Voluntary Associations.