Tech Journalism. 3rd Year UTS Student, previously a writer for the AU Review and Gamers Classified.
Labor has promised a return to the Interactive Games Fund if they win today's election.
$25m has been pledged for Australia's creative industries - the first time video games have received a federal funding promise since the shutdown of the original Interactive Games Fund in 2014.
The announcement was made at a policy launch in Melbourne earlier this month.
Thea funding proposal reads that a rebooted Interactive Games Fund would provide: "... an effective way for game developers to access finance to help them develop products and grow as businesses.
"This will enable a variety of works and the generation of original intellectual property in long form games, apps, virtual reality and augmented reality - with output across the arts, communications, digital economy, innovation, education, training, health, defence, and more."
Excited to announce Labor will bring back the Australian Interactive Games Fund. This is a crucial step in supporting a thriving game development sector in Australia. #auspol #AusVotes19 @igea @gdaa_oz @Ronki https://t.co/qfVYDKyGl2— Michelle Rowland (@MRowlandMP) May 11, 2019
In April, Central News reported that Australian games developers were having to move overseas just to find work and that Australia only has 928 full-time games employees, according to the Department of Communications and The Arts. - Zachariah Kelly @ZachariahK_