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South Australian Government invests $2 million in game development

The South Australian Government will invest $2 million AUD into the development of video games within the state.

The investment is focused on a digital games development hub to be based in Adelaide, operated by Canberra-based not-for-profit Games Plus, and intended to create up to 500 new jobs.

As reported by MCV Pacific, the hub is designed as a collaborative space for game developers and specialist technology start-ups. $450,000 AUD of the total investment will be used to fit out the space, to be based in Adelaide’s Pirie Street.

An additional $1.3 million AUD will be used to aid production and marketing of SA-based digital games, while a final $200,000 AUD will be dedicated to education programs designed to build industry-specific skills.

The hub will consist of three offices and 29 hot desks available to developers. Mighty Kingdom, an established studio, will call the hub home.

“Job creation is the number one priority for the State Government,” South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, said. “This new Game Plus Hub is set to create around 500 jobs in three years, while positioning SA as a national leader in the rapidly growing gaming industry.

“The $2 million fund to support the development of the hub sits alongside a range of measures we have put in place to drive jobs growth and foster our leadership in emerging industries – including the $200 million Future Jobs Fund, Job Accelerator Grant and payroll tax cuts for small business.”

“This announcement is a game changer for the industry in South Australia,” added Mighty Kingdom Founder and Director, Phil Mayes. “This game development hub in Adelaide will serve as a focal point for local industry collaboration and investment, creating even more jobs.”

The hub is expected to open next month.

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