There's been a lot of talk locally about what the federal government can do - and more importantly, what it hasn't done - to support the games industry. But as part of that conversation, an interesting figure has emerged: namely, the amount of people employed in the Aussie games sector.
In a release today, the Game Developers Association of Australia called on the federal government to revive - or create a new version of - the Australian Interactive Games Fund. The call stemmed from a release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday, which showed that total income from the Aussie games industry had jumped 24% to $111.1 million from 2011-12 to 2015-16.
The ABS report didn't just cover the games industry: it also looked at film, commercial free-to-air broadcasters, production companies, the whole shebang. But it also broke down precisely how many people work in games, which gives me an excuse to republish this cute pie graph.
(If you're reading this on mobile, let me know if the pie graph buggers up there. I've got a straight image of it, just in case.)
Other fun facts:
- Expenses for the Aussie games industry only jumped from $80.1 million in 2011-12 to $86.6 million in 2015-16, showing the industry has become markedly more profitable;
- The value added from the local gaming industry to the Australian economy has jumped from $71.6 million in 2011-12 to $93.8 million;
- While the amount of people employed has risen from 581 to 734, the number of businesses has fallen from 84 to 80
Unsurprisingly, the GDAA used the results as a platform to encourage the federal government to reconsider support for the sector. "We’ve shown that an investment in the games sector provides a signiﬁcant return on investment to the Australian taxpayer. It’s time to talk about a new support model because we’re quite happy to do it again," Antony Reed, CEO of the GDAA, argued.
You can read the rest of the results over on Screen Australia's website.