How Australia Is Creating A Sustainable Video Game Development Ecosystem
IGEA CEO Ron Curry on how long-awaited tax breaks and more visas will boost the local development scene
Historically, the Australian video games industry was lacking in support from Federal — and, with some exceptions, State governments — when compared to the UK, Canada and even our neighbours in New Zealand. Amongst advanced economies, Australian game developers had some of the most limited access to government incentives and support for video games development, despite the global industry generating around $250 billion in revenue in the past year.
Australia lost many larger game development studios at the peak of the global financial crisis in 2009 with only a handful remaining on our shores at a then much smaller scale. We also saw a lot of talented and skilled developers forced overseas to secure both employment and experience in the sector. By 2015, the closure of 2K Australia meant that there were no longer any AAA studios in the country.