Background

On 4 July 2018, the Hon Dave Kelly, Minister for Innovation and ICT, announced a new Games Industry Growth Pilot to help connect the Western Australian games industry with the global industry and encourage growth of the local industry. The announcement can be viewed here.

The Games Industry Pilot forms part of the WA Government’s New Industries Fund, which is supporting new and emerging businesses in WA to create jobs and diversify the economy. The WA Government recognises the games industry in the State is small but emerging with talented people and that there is exciting potential to be part of the burgeoning global industry. It is understood that a key challenge for the local industry is opportunities to build networks and become known to key industry decision makers.

About the Pilot

The Games Industry Growth Pilot includes:

  • a new International Access Pass program providing grants of up to $5,000 to up to 10 individuals to travel to major games industry conferences;
  • commercialisation skilling for International Access Pass recipients so they can make the most of the business networking opportunities; and
  • showcasing WA's games industry to the global industry. 

The WA Government will consider the case to extend the pilot beyond its first year after considering the impact of the pilot in the first year.

It is anticipated that applications for the International Access Pass program will open towards the end of 2018, following consultation with industry.

Want to know more or provide input?

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation will be consulting with industry and other key stakeholders on the design of the International Access Pass program. We are interested in hearing from students, tertiary and training organisations that offer game development courses, new businesses, established industries and anyone else in WA involved in:

  • games development including creative inputs to games (for entertainment and commercial markets);
  • new technology development, for example in virtual or augmented reality;
  • new applications of game design principles (gamification); and
  • developing eSports.

The Department held an informal session on Friday 6 July 2018. We will also be seeking feedback online shortly.

To register your interest to be kept updated, please email: innovation@jtsi.wa.gov.au.