New â??culturally Britishâ?? tax test could see Rockstarâ??s dev budget slashed by Â£11m
Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pledge to support the video games development industry with tax breaks could do more than simply protect the future of the UK dev sector – it could also have dictated the setting of the next Grand Theft Auto.
Though the exact criteria of the tax break requirements is yet to be decided, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has indicated that it will follow a similar model to that currently applied to the UK film industry.
Under that model, those seeking relief must score at least 16 points out of a possible 31 in a ‘culturally British’ test.