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The Victorian government is investing in Victorian games and supporting the expansion of Asia-Pacific’s largest games event, Melbourne International Games Week.

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The Victorian government joined local game developers today at PAX Aus, a three-day video game expo, to announce a game industry funding package of more than $5.25 million.

A $2 million boost will see the expansion of Melbourne International Games Week in 2023 and 2024, creating more events to attract interstate and international visitors, while showcasing Victoria’s local games scene on the global stage.

Back in person for the first time in three years, the 2022 Melbourne International Games Week is expected to attract more than 85,000 participants by the time it closes on Sunday, October 9, with most events sold out.

With locally made games including the recent release Cult of the Lamb enjoying worldwide success, a $2.5 million investment from the Victorian government will create more collaborative workspaces for the game industry and business development services in Melbourne’s CBD .

This initiative will focus on building the commercial capacity of new and established local game studios and businesses, while supporting the city’s economy by attracting this growing workforce to the CBD.

Delivered through VicScreen, a new $750,000 government funding initiative Original games provides funding of up to $50,000 for the development of new ideas, in addition to tailored mentorship opportunities from industry experts.

Victoria is the Australian game leader, home to more than half of the country’s game studios, comprising 57 percent of the country’s workforce. Globally, the games industry is worth more than $200 billion.

Request for Original games will open in November 2022 at vicscreen.com.au. For more information about Melbourne International Games Week, visit gamesweek.melbourne.

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