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Game studios could lead Australia’s post-COVID-19 creative renaissance.

A Parliamentary friends of video games group has been endorsed by both sides of governments in Canberra, to help fuel the “economic recovery, creating employment and opening an important export market “.
Ron Curry, CEO of Interactive Games & Entertainment Association told 9News.com.au: “It’s a $ 250 billion industry“.

“It is bigger than film and music put together, but there is still no such recognition by the government of its importance as an economic engine.”

Hollow Knight, Untitled Goose Game, The Gardens Between and Golf Story They are just a handful of Australian-made games that have earned international praise, yet the industry is often overlooked for funding.

“What we want is a level playing field,” says Curry.

“What do you give to film? What do you give to animation? What do you give to special effects? It’s those tax offsets that you give to the other creative industries. That’s all the game development industry Australia is looking for “.

Liberal Senator James McGrath, who launched the group with Labor’s Tim Watts, acknowledged that “this industry represents the fastest growing media in the world.”

“Australians spent $ 3.6 billion on video games in 2019, and two-thirds of Australians played video games.”

“95 percent of the revenue is export revenue,” Curry said.

Untitled Goose Game has been one of the biggest hits of the year, with huge sales and viral videos on social media. (Supplied)
Golf Story uses the RPG format alongside golf with a quirky story. (Supplied)

“We are not digging it up. We will not ship it. The carbon footprint is quite small. It is meeting all the requirements.”

“We are just trying to eliminate that cultural divide that is between the government and the rest of us.”

“Canada, value-wise, is 20 times the size of the Australian market and that’s on a population-adjusted basis.”

“They employ 15 times more developers than Australia. The UK employs 10 times more than Australia.

Hollow Knight is a fan favorite on multiple platforms. (Supplied)
The Gardens Between has received critical acclaim. (Supplied)

“Even New Zealand, and they are one-fifth our size, has a bigger industry than ours.”

“The common denominator here in several countries is the support that the government provides through tax rebates or direct financing.”

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“If we have a good number of AAA studios then they will become the breeding ground for the next House House (creators of Untitled Goose Game), they will become the breeding ground for the next Big Ant.”


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