March 27, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized004
I’m against tax breaks. that makes me a pariah amongst UK games industry folks. I’m, not against these tax breaks, I’m against ALL of them, especially the French, who frankly wanted to have them, but deny them to us. Fuck that. But I’d be happier if no video game in any country had them, as they are a distortion that is unwelcome. However, in the real world, we have to compete so…yay? I bet it’s impossible to ‘game’ them right? No new tax law ever has loopholes, thats why Starbucks and amazon pay the same tax rate as me! Lets try anyway…
“3 points if at least 66% is set in the United Kingdom or another EEA state or set in an undetermined location;”
CHECK! GSB2 is set in the star system Zog, so that is an undetermined location. pretty british so far…
“if there are only three characters depicted in the video game, 4 points if two or three of them are from the United Kingdom or another EEA state or from an undetermined location”
CHECK! I’ll get some tiny 32×32 faces drawn of 3 alien dudes who help with the tutorial. They are from Zog, which is undetermined, so yup, pretty british…
up to 4 points depending on the percentage of the original dialogue that is recorded in the English language or in a recognised regional or minority language as follows
CHECK! I have plans for zero dialogue, so I can state on oath that 100% of it was recorded in English.
2 points if at least 50% of the work carried out on any of the following is carried out in the United Kingdom
Ok, lets try to define 50% of the work. By time? by cost? By talent? by final contribution to the game? And lets define ‘carried out in’. If I have a design meeting over skype, where was that? here? the other guys place? skypes headquarters? the nearest fiber cabinet?
(a) 1 point if the project leader (or, if there is more than one, the main project leader) is a qualifying person;
Well thats me, so CHECK!
(b) 1 point if at least one of the scriptwriters (or, if there are more than three, one of the three lead scriptwriters) is a qualifying person;
Scriptwriter? is this a movie now? OK, I will write some dialog for the tutorial so thats me too. CHECK!
(d) 1 point if the artist (or, if there is more than one, the lead artist) is a qualifying person;
Yup, CHECK! Thats me too. I don’t get my hands dirty with actual art though, as lead, I hire other people to actually do my work…
(e) 1 point if the programmer (or, if there is more than one, the lead programmer) is a qualifying person;
(f) 1 point if the designer (or, if there is more than one, the lead designer) is a qualifying person;
(g) 1 point if at least one of the heads of department is a qualifying person;
(h) 1 point if at least 50% of the development team are qualifying persons.
Wow, that was an easy four points, as all those people are me too. As department head, and half the team, lead designer coder and artist, and scriptwriter, yeah, thats a lot of points.
So far so easy, now how much do I actually GET?