Say G’Day at Gamescom!

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, the premier representative body for the video games industry in Australia, is thrilled to announce Australia’s prominent presence at Gamescom 2023, the world’s largest and most influential video games conference held in Cologne, Germany. 25 talented games studios will be on display as part of the Australian delegation from August 23-25.

Located in the business area, this year’s Australian stand, designed and curated by IGEA, with the generous support of many of Australia’s screen and investment agencies, sets the stage for a showcase of the diverse and innovative products, talent, and creativity that Australia’s video games industry has to offer.

Australia’s video game development landscape is a melting pot of creativity and ingenuity, as evidenced by the impressive line-up of the 25 companies attending Gamescom 2023 (see list below).

Representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, these studios exemplify the breadth of talent thriving within the Australian games industry. Among the contingent are well-established studios such as PlaySide Studios, Hipster Whale, and League of Geeks (the 2020 AGDAs Studio of the Year winner) plus platform developers like Mod.io and indie studios like MAXART, Spitfire Entertainment, and Chaos Theory. All of the Australian companies attending vary in size, ranging from smaller teams to larger operations, with representatives hailing from various corners of the country, including Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria.

Gamescom 2023, will see Australia highlight its commitment to nurturing and supporting the games industry through the Digital Games Tax Offset (DGTO). The DGTO is a globally competitive incentive for games studios to operate in Australia, providing businesses with a 30 per cent refundable tax offset on eligible expenditure. This rebate is designed to attract international investment and bolster the growth of the nation’s games sector.

CEO of IGEA, Ron Curry, says: “The Australian Pavilion at Gamescom 2023 is a testament to the outstanding reputation our game developers have earned. It is an opportunity to showcase the world-class quality and prestige of Australian-created video games and the exceptional people driving our industry’s success.”

“Australia is a burgeoning centre for the global games-development industry. Australian-made games are grabbing international headlines, winning awards, and rocketing to the top of global sales charts with such titles as Unpacking and Cult of the Lamb recently taking the world by storm. The DGTO will further support this momentum.”

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Australian industry partners have supported the opportunity for many developers to join the Australian Pavilion:

  • Screen Australia
  • Trade and Investment Queensland
  • Screen Queensland
  • Screen New South Wales
  • Investment New South Wales
  • Creative Victoria
  • VicScreen
  • South Australian Department of Trade and Investment
  • South Australian Film Corporation

Australian studios attending Gamescom as part of the Australian contingent include:

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 games industry’s business and public policy interests through advocacy, research and education programs. For more information, please visit www.igea.net

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