How do you define ‘success’? Well, if you’re a government body thinking about funding video games, about aiding growth, creating sustainable jobs — all that good stuff — this is what a successful Australian video game studio looks like.
As part of Senator Ludlam’s inquiry into the Australian games industry, Brisbane based studio Defiant Development tabled some pretty eye-opening information. These graphs essentially chart the four year growth of one small studio from a small three man team to a fully-fledged studio with almost 20 gainfully employed game developers.
Again, success takes many forms, and doesn’t necessarily need to mean commercial success, but if the Australian industry wants to receive more government funding success of this kind needs to be demonstrable — and it is demonstrable.
Such a fascinating insight into how quickly a video game studio can grow if given a little push in the beginning.