Anyone who's been following along with the Australian games industry knows the following timeline: The previous Australian government created a $10 million fund to finance game development. The subsequent (current) Australian government tore that up midway through, killing a great deal of funding that was going a lot for the industry.
And now there's proof of the impact that funding was having.
In a senate enquiry (which Senator Scott Ludlum of the Greens was instrumental in achieving) it has been revealed that for every dollar of government spending that went into games, almost $3.50 in revenue was generated.
Now, a sane person would point to that and suggest that it was a very good reason to keep funding game development. But there's nothing sane about this government. Oh no.
Below is the report, straight from the Senate enquiry.
- Matt S.