Western Australia games development fund taking applications

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With $100,000 AUD total going to local devs.

A new Western Australian games development fund has today been detailed by Screenwest.

The $100,000 AUD pilot program is for West Australian interactive projects, designed to “grow and stimulate the State’s small but vibrant interactive, Virtual Reality (VR) and video game sectors,” a statement from Screenwest reads. A maximum of $20,000 AUD will be granted to successful applicants.

While full details surrounding eligibility can be found here, Screenwest has stressed that applicants must:

  1. Have a well-defined concept and product pitch.
  2. Be intended for any electronic platform (including, but not limited to console, tablet, mobile, VR, AR/MR, XR and PC based platforms or any combinations of these platforms).
  3. Have a clear national and/or international target audience, including an intended pathway to that audience through its distribution platform.
  4. Present a clear finance plan, inclusive of any additional financing secured, and precisely how much work will be supplied in-kind by the developers.
  5. Not be a commissioned project.

Applications for the program will be accepted from now until 5.00 pm AWST on 1 July. An information session about the program will take place on 6 June at Screenwest’s head office; you can register for the event here.

This WA-focused games development fund is a welcome addition to the Australian landscape; a nationwide Interactive Games Fund kicked off in 2013 under a federal Labor government and was soon discontinued in 2014 by the a federal Liberal government. While the national fund has been recommended to be reinstated, our current Liberal government doesn’t appear likely to do so.

Best wishes to those applying to the fund.