Earlier this year Screen Australia commited itself to providing $20 million of funding to video games. Today it announced the recipients of $6 million of that funding.
The local studios receiving a share of the cash were...
Defiant Development (QLD) ODD Games (SA) Soap Creative (NSW) Tantalus Media (VIC) Tin Man Games (VIC) Torus Games (VIC) Twiitch (VIC) Uppercut Games (NSW/ACT) The Voxel Agents (VIC) Wicked Witch Software (VIC)
The key word in today's announcement was 'diversity'. Multiple different studios, large and small, working across different types of games, received funding.
Screen Australia CEO Fiona Cameron that the games industry is a fast growing industry and local studios deserved the chance to compete in the global marketplace.
"Screen Australia’s Game Enterprise program provides a diverse range of Australian companies with valuable funds to help develop original IP, employ more people, including promoting internships, and expand distribution and marketing opportunities," she explained.
"The successful companies represent a diverse range of Australian game studios, from start up companies to larger developers. Funding will ensure an expansion in the workforce, allowing smaller developers to gain critical mass and larger developers to shift from a reliance on work for hire to developing original projects."
Congratulations to everyone who received funding. The above list feels like a solid representation of the wide spectrum of game development that exists across Australia: larger studios such as Tantalus co-existing alongside smaller teams like Tinman Games and The Voxel Agents. Can't wait to see what comes of this long overdue investment.
Head to Screen Australia for more info.