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 Growth 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 the opportunity 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.
International Access Pass travel grants
Applications for the International Access Pass program closed 5pm AWST on Thursday, 22 November 2018.
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