The NSW Government is calling on stakeholders in the NSW digital gaming industry to have their say on a new 10-year vision for the State’s Creative Industries sector.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner has encouraged the digital gaming industry to help formulate an Action Plan to support the sector’s growth over the next decade by providing the NSW Creative Industries Taskforce with a written submission by 31 August.
“NSW is at the heart of Australia's creative industries, with about 170,000 people directly employed by the sector, which accounts for about five per cent of the State's employment and generates $1.5 billion in exports,” Mr Stoner said.
“The global digital games market is expected to more than double to $53 billion by 2016 and mobile gaming to triple to $17.5 billion, so the potential for Sydney and NSW to build its share of the high-value digital games sector is significant.
“Since the Taskforce launched its consultation in June, stakeholders have given their views on how industry and government can grow the economic and cultural value of the sector.
“I encourage all those with an interest in the future of the sector to make sure they get their written submission in before the deadline, which is now a week away on Friday 31 August.”
Mr Stoner said NSW has a huge opportunity to strengthen the State’s reputation as a digital gaming development hub.
“The NSW Government’s $3 million Interactive Media Fund supports a range of companies, including the globally successful Halfbrick Studios and Bubblegum Interactive, to develop creative digital content, including electronic games and transmedia projects,” Mr Stoner said.
"The Interactive Media Fund puts a focus on interactive content, a key element in digital innovation with the ability to benefit other sectors such as health, finance and education.
“In the latest round of funding, the NSW Government has invested more than $770,000 in 10 new interactive media projects from some of NSW’s most exciting and innovative creative talent, to help create dozens of highly skilled jobs in this exciting new industry.”
The deadline for written submissions to the Creative Industries Action Plan is 31 August. For more information visit CLICK HERE!
For more information on the NSW Government’s Interactive Media Fund CLICK HERE.
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