Funding Boost For Victorian Games Industry

Victoria’s digital games industry is set to take it to the next level, with $340,000 in funding to support local companies who create new work and strengthen Victoria’s position as the nation’s industry leader.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, today announced the funding through Film Victoria’s Assigned Production InvestmentGames program, which helps companies to create games for a range of platforms.

Almost half of Australia’s digital games industry is based in Victoria, which is home to more than 100 game development studios, animation houses and games industry service providers.

The four projects supported through the latest round are:

  • Leaves (Many Monkeys Development) – a fairy tale adventure game filled with fantastic creatures, harebrained puzzles and swashbuckling action
  • Push Me Pull You (House House Games) – a sport-based multi-player physics-based sumo-soccer game
  • Framed (Loveshack Entertainment) – a multi-award winning puzzle game, where players rearrange scenes from a noir comic book to change the outcome of the story
  • Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze (Tin Man Games) – an interactive adventure game based on the television program Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

In a further boost for the sector, Victorian game developer, programmer, creator and digital artist Cherie Davidson has received support through Film Victoria’s Games Professional Placement Initiative to do a four-month UK placement. She will work with award-winning game development studio Media Molecule.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“Almost half of Australia’s digital games industry is based in Victoria. 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.”

Quotes attributable to Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi

“The overall quality and artistic appeal of the games approved for funding demonstrate the potential of our Victorian games industry to deliver high quality and engaging content, sure to delight a broad audience.”

“Congratulations to Cherie on her upcoming placement at Media Molecule. The experience will provide her with further opportunities develop skills in a global company, while her skills as a producer will be a great asset to Media Molecule.”