Founded in 2015 as Pixel Sift by Gianni Di Giovanni, Scott Quigg and Mitchel Loh as a podcast that would embrace the best parts of on-demand podcasting with the high quality and discipline of professional radio production.
SIFTER's first publication was an interview and news analysis podcast which featured conversations with video game developers from Australia and around the world and quickly grew to become one of Australia's premiere independent video game publications winning the 2019 Australian Podcast Award in the Gaming Category.
In late 2019 SIFTER developed and released a second podcast, Mainstream
, a video game review show that acts as a complimentary vertical to the indie and game production focus of the Lightmap.
In September 2021 as the team celebrated it's sixth anniversary, a new brand was developed called Sifter with a unique visual identity, and the original game developer interview podcast was renamed Lightmap.