New level for state’s game creators

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The spotlight is on Queensland games creators through a festival and extra funding. | Photo: Simpson 33 (iStock)

Home-grown gaming creators are being acknowledged through an upcoming festival and increased grants funding.

The Queensland Games Festival this month promises to be a community celebration of Queensland-made games, both digital and analogue.

Organisers said the one-day event, on June 22, at the Brisbane Powerhouse in the inner-city suburb of New Farm, was a chance to discover the creativity of the local game-making industry and allowed festival-goers a chance to get involved through hands-on workshops, playing locally-made games and chatting with developers.

The festival comes as Screen Queensland announced more than $2 million in grants for Queensland gaming projects.

Screen Queensland CEO Jacqui Feeney said the agency doubled project funding in the latest Games Grants round.

Ms Feeney said recipients included previously supported projects like Momento and Servonauts, which were now moving into vertical slice and full release stages of development, as well as the newly funded Janet DeMornay is a Slumlord (and a witch).

“Queensland is home to a burgeoning ecosystem of incredibly imaginative, highly skilled games developers,” she said.

“We are strategically supporting the sector at all levels through our Digital Games Incentive, Games Grants and Games Residency program.”

View the full list of grant recipients.

View the Queensland Games Festival program.