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Unique wizardry of Australian games developers on show

The artistic mastery of Australian games developers is being showcased in a new showreel featuring the unique talents of a range of studios. 

Australian studios are well known in the industry for developing commercially successful titles such as Untitled Goose Game, Fruit Ninja, Crossy Road, Hollow Knight, Oregon Trail, Battlestar Galactica, Armello and Real Racing to name a few. 

“The Australian game development community is vibrant, creative, passionate and talented. We are making great games for players all over the world,” says  Ty Casey, Co-Founder of the League of Geeks.

AAA game development is also booming, with Sledgehammer Games leading development of the next Call of Duty. Expanding creative studios in Australia is particularly appealing to North American and European studios, as it allows for a 24-hour development cycle.

The video showcases 42 games from 37 companies from across Australia and demonstrates the many styles, genres, and innovative gameplay mechanics of Australian digital games companies. 

The soundtrack is an original composition by award-winning Adelaide-based composer Justin Pounsett from The Audio Embassy to demonstrate Australian audio production capability, a key feature of game development. 

“The level of talent and, perhaps even more important, imagination that I’ve seen among the video game community in Australia is wholly unique. I want to partner with those collaborators who choose to view as opportunity what others call impossible,” said Troy Baker, video games actor and director.

 

Unique wizardry of Australian games developers on show

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Dan Tehan has provided the first sneak peek of the showreel to an exclusive roundtable meeting of top games companies in Los Angeles. 

Survey data from the Australian digital games peak industry body, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA), shows the Australian digital games industry’s revenue grew by 29% in the last year.

IGEA says the 30 per cent digital games tax offset announced in the May 2021 Australian budget, "…launches a new golden age of video game development" with some studios already scoping out new office space for growth. 

Read about why developers, artists and studio heads should get over here at www.globalaustralia.gov.au/industries/digital-games.

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