UK games must pass “British” test for tax breaks

By Patrick Garratt
17 June 2009 14:25 GMT


Yesterday’s Digital Britain report has proposed that UK games must pass a “culturally British” test to qualify for tax relief.

A similar system is currently employed in the UK film industry, where projects rack up “British” points depending on content.

There’s no detail yet as to how a game’s “Britishness” is going to be graded as yet.

We’re using quote marks, because “Britishness” is a concept about as nebulous as the Horse Head nebula on a particularly nebulous day.

Note to UK devs: just make games about being intrinsically miserable, saying “fuck” every other word and aspiring to work in the local Co-op. Tax credits a-go-go.

Thanks, EG.

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