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Melbourne, and the state of Victoria, is the capital of digital games in Australia.
It is home to almost half of Australia’s digital games industry including 121 game development studios, some of the country’s best creative talent, and support services including animation, motion capture, publishing and promotion.
At the heart of this is The Arcade, a three storey building in the city that is Australia’s first not-for-profit collaborative games co-working space, specifically for the digital games industry. In this dynamic, creative hub Victorian developers create MMOs, console, mobile and casual games that are played around the world.
As well as serving as the headquarters of the Game Developers’ Association of Australia, The Arcade is home to 30 games companies employing over 120 staff, who work on products for entertainment, serious games and solving non-entertainment problems through gamification. Melbourne has also attracted significant inward investors such as Kixeye (US) and Electronic Arts (US) and GREE (Japan), who have established studios here.
EA’s largest mobile development studio is based in Melbourne’s Docklands, leveraging Victoria’s acclaimed creative talent to deliver landmark games like Sims Freeplay, Need for Speed – Most Wanted and Real Racing 3.
Victoria produces 1000 graduates a year from 29 games-related courses delivered from 20 academic institutions. Victoria also boasts Games and the Microsoft Natural User Interface Laboratory at University of Melbourne and a large motion capture facility supporting the games industry at Deakin University.
Creative Victoria is a Victorian Government body established to champion and support local talent and grow the state’s creative industries.
The games sector forms part of Victoria’s $23 billion creative economy, which also includes strengths in design, music, film and television, and the performing and visual arts.
For more on Creative Victoria and its programs, visit creative.vic.gov.au