Film Victoria invests $4.3 million into local game projects
Posted on October 1, 2021
Minister of Creative Industries Danny Pearson recently announced Film Victoria’s latest round of games industry funding, as originally reported by ScreenHub. Developing game projects will receive $4.3 million of production and marketing support from Film Victoria’s numerous grants and incentives. Furthermore, the funding will generate over 500 local jobs and $31 million for the Victorian economy.
Melbourne studio EA Firemonkeys and Mitcham-based studio Wicked Witch were the first to receive the Victorian Screen Incentive. The incentive will allow both studios to expand their teams and resources for popular titles, including The Sims Mobile, Need For Speed: No Limits, Real Racing, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 and Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition.
Trawlwoolway man and Luggarrah founder, David Parkin, received the inaugural Victorian Games Development Internship. He will be undertaking an 18-month paid placement with game studios League of Geeks and Samurai Punk. Furthermore, Luke Dorman was also awarded the Key Talent Placement Grant to work full-time with Drop Bear Bytes. You can find his interview here.
Finally, Film Victoria has set aside $1.5 million of Production Investment and Games Release funding (more information can be found here) for 21 local game titles. The funded games are an amalgamation of creative and genre-bending projects with unique art styles and mechanics that represent some of Victoria’s finest work in gaming.
Production Investment Funding Recipients include: Aura of Worlds, Azoic, Chorus, Dawnblade, Death of A Partisan, Feasts of Burden, Junklands, Kinder World, Matchmaker: Dungeon Heart, Moonlight in Garland, Postage Game, Riftbound, The Last Exterminator, Wood & Weather and two unannounced projects by Grease Monkey Games and Twice Different.
Marketing and Release funding Recipients include: Cooking in the Rain, Dap, Eastern Market Murder, Hot Lap League and Riftbound.
Congratulations to all the projects, studios and individuals who received Film Victoria funding.
Chantelle McColl is a writer based in Melbourne, Narrm, who specialises in video games and analysing how they convey memorable narratives and experiences. Dabbling in indie genres like Platformers, Metroidvanias and all games story-rich, Chantelle is always on the lookout for the next experimental game. You can find her work on Checkpoint Gaming, Byteside, ScreenHub Australia and on Twitter.