The Australian government doesn't have a great reputation when it comes to supporting the video game industry. One person who's recently visited local politicians to change that is Jayson Hilchie, the president and chief executive of ESA Canada.
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The Australian games industry is pretty accustomed to working with a federal government that, for the most part, doesn't quite get it. That disappointment and apathy came through in the recent response to the upper house inquiry into video games, with developers and industry frustrated over the government's refusal to outwardly support a growing sector.
But not all levels of government are disengaged. The Victorian and South Australian governments have been active of late, for instance. And on the federal side, there's encouraging signs that the level of interest in the Australian gaming industry - and knowledge - is changing.