The Australian video game industry in Victoria is receiving another huge boost in regards to funds, as the Victorian State Government announced today they are investing $654,000 to support more Australian developers.
This funding is specifically to support nine Victorian studios to help them develop and release new digital games, which range from a Cyberpunk brawler to an educational game about the Australian outback.
Minister for Creative Industries in Victoria Martin Foley, who made the announcement understands the worth of this multi billion dollar industry. Not just in Australia, but around to world and is proud Victoria are leading the way in supporting developers in our country.
“Victoria is the only state to consistently invest in games and it’s paying off – with a thriving industry that continues to grow and attract the best talent. This funding supports a wide range of projects that showcase the diversity of our industry.”
Victoria and particularly Melbourne are considered the capital for funding and support for the game development industry in Australia. As the Victorian government in recent years has supported dozens of Victorian developed games through development.
Some of the developers being supported as part of this latest grant, include Putty Pals from Harmonious Games and Paperbark by Paper House. Games which both originally started out as university projects, but have since led to their creators establishing their own studios in Melbourne.
Check out the full list of Victorian developers and their games being supported below.
Tear Through (Walk With Kings) – a game that takes players into the life of a SWAT officer.
VR Regatta (Virtual Reality Sailing PTY LTD) – a virtual reality sailing experience that allows players of all ages to compete, train and relax on their own personal sailing experience.
This funding is expected to generate not only $1.2 million for the state but new jobs in order to assist in the development of these games.
In addition to funding for these nine developers, the Victorian Government will also be offering grants to local studios so they can exhibit their games at PAX Aus, the largest video game convention in Australia. You can find all the games the Victorian Government have supported on their website here.