IGEA is proud to launch the SMART Program 2023!


IGEA is opening up the SMART Program for 2023. The SMART program is a tailored four-month mentorship and residency program designed to create career pathways and support the growth of emerging talent and underrepresented peoples within the Australian games industry.

The program will immerse 10 up and coming games creators into the collaborative culture of the shared game development office space, helmed by Samurai Punk and filled with some of Melbourne’s most exciting independent game studios.

Applicants of this program will meet and be coached by a variety of games industry professionals with diverse skillsets that will lead them towards a successful career in game development.  Additionally, applicants will receive a 2023 All-Access pass to GCAP and the AGDAs along with front row seats to key educational events throughout the program.

The 2023 program was again made possible by the generous support of the City of Port Phillip and their innovative Games Action Plan.  Through the Games Action Plan, the City of Port Phillip fosters local games development, provides opportunities for equitable access to creative communities, and supports increased representation of marginalised groups and emerging talent in Melbourne’s games industry.

Previous graduates of the SMART program facilitated by City of Port Phillip and IGEA have celebrated a number of great achievements such as successfully commencing their first job in the local games industry and securing funding for their debut game titles. We are excited to see what this year’s cohort will accomplish!


Program Details:

Who can apply for this program?

This program is open to recent graduates, early career games practitioners, and those from marginalised communities.

You must be living in Victoria to apply and be over the age of 18.

We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds, and we particularly welcome applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the games industry.

Where do I apply?

You can apply to be a part of the SMART Program by filling in the form below:

SMART Program Application Form

Be quick! Applications close 09/06/23 @ 5PM AEST

When does the program begin?

The program kicks off early July and closes at the end of October.

Who do I contact for more information?

You can reach out to IGEA’s Director of Industry Development & Programs, Ceri Hutton via ceri@igea.net for more info!



About Samurai Punk:

Samurai Punk is an Australian game development studio, based in Melbourne and known for weird titles such as Screencheat, The American Dream and JUSTICE SUCKS. Founded by Nicholas McDonnell and Winston Tang in 2014, the Samurai Punk team has been recognised for their offbeat game design and love of all things strange.

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About IGEA:

IGEA (Interactive Games & Entertainment Association) is the peak industry association representing the voice of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry.  IGEA supports the business and public policy interests of the games industry, through advocacy, research and education programs.

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About City of Port Philip’s Games Action Plan:

City of Port Phillip’s visions is to be the Games Capital of Victoria. Delivering on this vision means that the broad range of creative businesses, players, artists, and creative producers find a home in Port Phillip, and that Council’s priorities, resources, and programs support their activities.

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