16 June 2017
Nine Victorian studios have received $654,000 worth of funding to develop and release new digital games.
Melbourne games start-up Inn Between Worlds received support for its time travel game Odd Gods, while Ghostbat Games received funding for Spies & Soldiers – the first game to be released by brothers Jim and Ben Batt who have been creating games together since they were children.
The latest round also demonstrates the rapid career development of Victorian games graduates. Two supported games, Putty Pals by Harmonious Games and Paperbark by Paper House, started out as university projects at Swinburne and RMIT, and led to their creators establishing their own studios.
Melbourne is Australia's games capital and is home to more than half of all Australian studios. While games enjoy a strong local following, 98 per cent of Victorian-made games are for the export market.
Provided through Film Victoria's Assigned Production Investment – Games program, the latest funding is expected to generate $1.2 million for the state and support new employment opportunities within the local games sector, ranging from technical roles to script writing, music and marketing.