Playup Perth, in partnership with City of Perth has announced a pilot funding initiative designed to accelerate Perth’s games and creative innovation sector.
The program will include the burgeoning VR/AR/MR industry. Currently the only funding available to WA game creators, Playup Perth, supported by the City of Perth, are giving out 3 microgrants to prototypes that have been featured at Playup Perth over the past two years.
The recipients of these grants will be announced at our the upcoming Playup Perth event on December 15 at Nostalgia Box in Aberdeen Street, Perth.
With a regular attendance of 50 to 80 people, Playup Perth is an opportunity for games makers and creative innovators to fieldtest and showcase their work. This is an inclusive, diverse event that has been supporting Perth innovators since 2013.
Participants are from all ages and backgrounds, including journalists, artists, game designers, teachers, investors and even politicians.
The gaming industry will be worth $110-billion globally by the end of this year and Perth gamers are starting to bring some of these dollars and jobs to WA. Recently, Paradigm (Jacob Janerka) and Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock (Black Lab Games) won the Australian Game Developer Awards from a shortlist of 34 at the Melbourne International Games Week. This is the first time Perth gamers have won this award at this prestigious Melbourne event.
Playup Perth can offer this initiative due to funding support from The City of Perth under the sector development grants program.