Australian states will squabble over which one is the best, but – while it pains me to say it – Victoria really is the industry leader when it comes to game development. A further $340,000 in funding has been granted to Victorian developers, thanks to the Film Victoria Assigned Production Investment program.
The funding will go to four local projects:
- Leaves, a fairy tale puzzle adventure full of “fantastic creatures and swashbuckling action” from Many Monkeys Development
- Push Me Pull You, a sport-based/physics-based multi-player party sumo-soccer game in development at House House Games
- Framed, a multi-award winning puzzler from Loveshack Entertainment, where you change the outcome of a story by rearranging panels of a noir comic book
- Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze, an interactive adventure based on the Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, from Tin Man Games
More than 100 game developers are based out of Victoria, comprising roughly half of the total Australian development industry – something the state Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, is well aware of.
We’re supporting it, allowing companies to introduce strong commercial games into the market, which will drive industry growth. These investments will encourage local industry talent, allowing them to explore new opportunities, grow their businesses and create jobs here in Victoria.
Alongside the four projects receiving government funding, industry body Film Victoria has announced the recipient of this year’s Games Professional Placement Initiative, sending creator and digital artist Cherie Davidson off to the UK to work at Media Molecule for four months alongside Aussie expat Siobhan Reddy.