On the cutting edge of creative technology, digital games are very big business. From console giants to mobile chartbusters, entertainment to training and education, pure distraction to complex strategy, the games industry is multi-faceted and ubiquitous. Globally, the digital games industry generates US$60.7 billion a year, surpassing film box office, music and DVD sales. And it’s growing rapidly.
Victoria is positioned to lead Australia into a booming future of collaboration, imagination and economic growth through the digital games sector. Representing close to half of Australian’s games industry, Victoria is home to 90 game development studios, from leading global companies and smaller boutique developers. Work produced in Victoria makes an impact on a global stage. International hits such as Firemonkey’s Flight Control and Real Racing, Hipster Whale’s Crossy Road and Alexander Bruce’s Antichamber, were created here, while Victorian developers contribute to games by major international publishers including Electronic Arts, THQ, LucasArts and Ubisoft.
Victoria is a leadership hub for the national industry, with the Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) based in Melbourne, alongside The Australian Centre of Excellence for Digital Game Design, Innovation & Business Acceleration (The Arcade). Melbourne is also host to the biggest digital games events in the southern hemisphere in Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) and the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX).
Already thriving, rapidly evolving, the Victorian digital games sector obliterates boundaries between art and technology while tapping into a high-yield entertainment economy. With so much success, and so much potential for growth, digital games are an exciting new frontier for Victoria’s creative industries.
The Victorian Government supports the digital games industry through various funding programs that are administered by Film Victoria. Additional support is provided to industry events and organisations including The Arcade, GDAA, Freeplay, GCAP and PAX Australia.
Visit the Games Funding page for more information.