Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) are opening up a new office in Adelaide, according to a release from the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.
The South Australian Government has announced that Sony Interactive Entertainment will be opening a studio in the state, courtesy of a $480,000 grant. It'll create 32 engineering roles and according to Acting Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Tim Whetstone, the investment would offer skilled engineers rewarding career opportunities without the huge bill of relocation.
"To attract a household name like Sony Interactive Entertainment to South Australia is a fantastic win for our state and I thank the company for their investment," Minister Whetstone said.
"This investment brings a whole new skillset to the state but also complements the strengths we already have in digital media including visual effects (VFX), game development, and data centre/network infrastructure."
Every so often, figures from the government or industry are published illustrating the size of the Australian games industry. One developer, however, thought the figures seemed a little small. So he started compiling a list of his own.
It's not the first time Adelaide has been chosen for big tech and entertainment companies. In May, it was announced that filming for the next Mortal Kombat film would take place in the state thanks to the Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Rebate, according to the ABC.
The Economic and Business Growth Fund was created to grow the South Australian tech sector after a number of tech and gaming funding programs, like TechInSA and Digital Game Development Program, were cut. The EBGF offers $100 million over four years.
To support industry and business growth in South Australia through attraction and expansion support for initiatives that will introduce significant new technologies, capabilities, capacities and expertise in industries that align to the state’s competitive advantages and provide industry sector support where required.
Let's just see if SIE's new Australian office brings any more Australian-produced titles.