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Screen Australia announces $6M fund for game development, here is how it all works

After seven years without direct funding frpm the lead screen agency, Australia finally has federal government support for games

March 21, 2022 6:30 AM

After seven years without any federal government support for the games industry, a new grant program called the $6 million Games Expansion Pack from Screen Australia was announced on Friday last week.

This program replaces a successful but prematurely cancelled fund called the Australian Interactive Games Fund which was axed when this government came to power in 2014.

Our guests on this episode are

  • Paul Turbett of Black Lab Games, one the original recipients of the AIGF, speaks of the huge impact this small funding had on his business
  • Ron Curry of IGEA, Australia's peak game development body, shares the campaigning and lobbying it took to bring this fund to life. You can find an IGEA Q&A on the fund here
  • Lee Naimo, Head of Online at Screen Australia, runs through why it happened now and how it all works
  • and John Daskalopoulos, CEO of Not Doppler, who was part of the funding announcement with Minister Paul Fletcher shares how much of a difference this funding could have made, and what opportunities it'll allow now

SIFTER is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Thanks to Omny Studio for their support of SIFTER.

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