earlier this year. A game must earn 16 points to receive the tax break, with points awarded for such criteria as being "set in the United Kingdom or another EEA state," which includes all countries of the European Union, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The studio gets four points if the game stars two of three lead characters "from the United Kingdom or another EEA state or from an undetermined location," or it depicts "a British story."
If at least half of the game's development is completed in the UK, studios can earn three points, while a "qualifying" project leader, script writer, composer, artist, programmer, designer and department head earn one point each. If at least half of the entire team qualifies as a legitimate UK operation, the studio gets another point. The tax code is like a game in itself.
For example, if a studio in the UK (3 points) with all local staff (8 points) creates a game about a time-traveling doctor in a bowtie (4 points) as he journeys around Liverpool (4 points), Hufflepuff wins the House Cup. See? Easy.
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