At a Glance
Melbourne, and the state of Victoria, is home to almost half of Australia’s digital games industry including over 120 game development studios, some of the country’s best creative talent, and support services including animation, motion capture, publishing and marketing and PR.
At the heart of this is The Arcade, a two storey building in South Melbourne 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 virtual reality, 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 32 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 Electronic Arts (US) 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 hundreds of 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 Swinburne University.