Tax relief for video games in the UK is finally pushing through, with the BFI approving tax relief for an initial batch of 14 games.
Spacepants, from Boxface Games based on Northamptonshire, is the only game to go through final certification at launch. BFI declined to name three games (possible AAA releases) but confirmed these games are nearing certification
- Beyond Flesh and Blood, from Manchester-based Pixelbomb Games
- Fractured Space, from Guildford-based Edge Case Games
- Gingersnap, from Hereford-based Elderberry Post Ltd
- MazeCraft, from HyperLiger
- Potion Pop, from Brighton-based Delinquent Interactive Ltd
- Shred It!, from Glasgow-based Extra Mile Studios Ltd
- SKARA – The Blade Remains, from London-based SKARA The Blade Remains Ltd
- SoccerManager.com, from Lancashire-based Soccer Manager Ltd
- Soul Axiom, from Bridgend-based Wales Interactive
- Wayward Tide, from London-based Chucklefish Games
These developers now get as much as 25 % in tax relief, after going through a cultural test
Seeing Soul Axiom make it makes it clear the BFI is not going to be skittish about violent content. However, they do have some questionable conditions, including requiring part of the game is set in UK, that it has UK characters and that it features a UK character.