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Digital games in Tasmania

Tasmania offers digital games makers an environment rich in tech innovation. The Tasmanian workforce boasts flexibility and a culture of future-led thinking – all at a lower cost than the mainland. 

The Human Interface Technology Lab (HIT Lab) is a research and teaching facility within the University of Tasmania’s School of Engineering, which offers a Bachelor of Information and Communications degree with a major in Games and Creative Technology. Students learn to design, model and program with industry leading technologies, tools and language, including VR/AR.

Leading games studios such as Mighty Kingdom, Giant Margarita and Secret Lab have a presence are part of this exciting ecosystem.

For example, Enterprize Tasmania is a network of innovation hubs in Hobart and Launceston, established to support entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into successful scalable businesses. Focusing on technology enabled start-ups, including gaming, the hubs offer co-working spaces, mentoring and incubation programs.

Tas Game Makers (TasGM) runs networking opportunities for developers, producers, students, support services providers and jam-only makers. Bringing it all together is TasICT, which partners with Tas Game Makers to provide professional development workshops and connect ICT professionals with industry and government.

Incentives, grants and support

Screen Tasmania offers:

  • Conceptual Design Grants to support the conceptual design of games, including scoping, character and level design, proof of concept, production of a Games Design Document (GDD), or development of a ‘vertical slice’ of the project. 

Games makers may also be eligible for other grant programs and support packages from the Tasmanian Government and can also access a variety of resources and marketing support through Trade Tasmania for expanding their digital games business into Tasmania.

If you’re an investor or moving your business to Tasmania, your primary access to government is through the Office of the Co-ordinator General.

Case studies

  • Giant Margarita is a game development business that supports graduates from the Bachelor of ICT (Games) course at the University of Tasmania break into the games development industry. Thanks to its paid development roles, many of these graduates are now working for major game studios. 
  • Secret Lab is an independent games and creative technology studio located in Hobart. Established in 2008, they thrive on building video games, apps, and technology to showcase culture, history, arts, and narrative experiences. They’re proud creators of Yarn Spinner and are currently working on the BAFTA- and IGF-winning adventure title Night in the Woods