Film Victoria dedicates $140,000 to supporting women in games development

Matt Sayer 16 November 2017 NEWS

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Seven grant-supported positions will see increased diversity in the Aussie games industry.

Film Victoria, one of the driving forces in supporting the Australian games industry, has announced a new government grant aimed at increasing the representation of women in games development.

As part of the organisation's Games Professional Placements program, which awards games studios for hiring local talent, a new Women in Games initiative will see a total of $140,000 worth of grants made available to seven Aussie studios for the specific purpose of hiring and training women across all fields of games development, including programming, animation, game design and marketing.

The studios involved represent some of the best in Australian games development, with the likes of Tin Man Games, developer of the Fighting Fantasy digital gamebooks; Samurai Punk, the developer behind Screencheat and the upcoming The American Dream VR game; and Tantalus Media, developer of the recent Nintendo Switch ports for Sonic Mania and Rime.

"We’ve seen a genuine increase in the number of women moving into and across the games sector in Victoria in recent years as a direct result of the programs Film Victoria provides, which is enormously encouraging," said Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi. "These additional opportunities will further strengthen this dynamic sector and continue to boost Victoria’s reputation as a great place to make games."

This grant is an encouraging step towards increasing diversity in games development, and it's heartening to see Australia lead the way in what will hopefully become standard practice across the global games industry. Coupled with recent home-grown accomplishments like the brilliant Brisbane-made Hand of Fate 2 and the jam-packed PAX Australia, it's a great time to be making games Down Under.

The full list of participating studios and available placement positions are listed below.

  • Samurai Punk - Programmer
  • Tin Man Games - Production and Marketing Assistant
  • Harmonious Games - Junior Programmer
  • Second Sight - UX and Game Designer
  • Wicked Witch Software - 3D Animator
  • PlaySide Studios - Games Artist
  • Tantalus Media - QA Technician

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