Film Victoria has awarded nine developers in the Australian state of Victoria a share of $654,000 AUS ($496,000) to develop their games.
The Film Victoria’s Assigned Production Investment - Games program was established to help local developers work on their prototypes or finish their games. This round of investment is expected to generate up to 40 new jobs and $1.2 million AUS for the state.
Developers receiving the funding include Cultural Infusion, which is developing children's educational game Joko's World: Pocket Planet. Paper House has also received a share of the investment to develop its narrative adventure Paperbark.
Kotaku Australia confirmed with Film Victoria that three more projects would receive investment outside of this round to bring their games to market. Ticket to Earth, a mobile puzzler by Robot Circus, was one such project, along with Smashbeam and Dungeon Warriors.
Raising the bar
"The bar continues to be raised when it comes to the standard of games generated by Victorian developers," said Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi.
"Many of the projects we've supported are expanding onto new platforms which tells us that there is a high demand for Victorian games and that Victorian games companies have a terrific understanding of the marketplace."
A full list of the developers receiving funding from the program can be found on Film Victoria's website.