IGEA celebrates certainty for games funding in NSW
27 September 2023, IGEA and our NSW-based game development members welcome the continuation of games funding in NSW from the Minns Labor Government and greatly appreciate the consultation that has been held with the local games sector.
Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, commented, “Through Minister Graham, the industry greatly appreciates the NSW Government’s willingness to listen to the impact that the sudden withdrawal of funding had on the local games development sector and the screen industry more broadly. We commend the Minister for his openness and decisiveness, providing certainty and commitment to the NSW digital games industry.
“Ongoing games funding in NSW will result in consistent full-time game development employees working permanently in the state. These support mechanisms enhance conditions and act as an accelerator for NSW based game development studios, and studios looking to establish a base in NSW, investing in the sector.”
IGEA recently provided a submission to the NSW Government in response to its creation of a new arts and cultural sector policy, outlining not only the importance and cultural significance of the video games industry but also how critical increased and ongoing government support is to keeping video game studios within NSW. The time for a renewed focus on game development is now and we will continue our productive consultation with the NSW Government on their current Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy discussion while maintaining our advocacy for NSW game developers.
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- Ron Curry, CEO of 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