As announced in the Advance Queensland ‘Screen Industry 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan’, Screen Queensland has big plans for future support of the games and interactive entertainment sector.
Discussing at length the issues facing our industry, and providing their answers to those problems in the release, it’s a great day to be a Queensland developer.
“The increasing use of gamification in the health and wellbeing and education sectors is one example where screen can be used to benefit other industries. Games can serve as a powerful tool for education providers in childhood education, primary and secondary school, university courses and skilled professional training.”
Since 2015, the Advance Queensland initiative has been driving innovation and economic growth in Queensland through a range of programs and partnerships designed to build capability, foster collaboration, attract investment, stimulate jobs growth and encourage an entrepreneurial culture. One recent example of this commitment is the creation of sqhub, the first co-working space in Australia dedicated to the screen industry. The Ignite Ideas Fund has become an integral part of Advance Queensland, supporting startups and SMEs while they commercialise market-ready innovative ideas
Advance Queensland has not only identified issues surrounding the games sector in QLD, issues such as the oversupply of graduate game developers, difficulty in local career development, and the lack of competitiveness on a global level, but in acknowledgement it has provided the following solutions to these issues;
- The appointment of Screen Queensland’s first board member with specialist expertise in the gaming sector to raise the profile and provide leadership in supporting the specific needs of the sector.
- The appointment of a dedicated gaming liaison officer within Screen Queensland to support the gaming sector in Queensland.
- Grow the sqhub, Screen Queensland’s co-working space for game developers and screen industry professionals to enable collaboration within the screen industry for innovative approaches.
- Include a dedicated gaming development space in the expansion of the precinct linking games developers with startups, incubators, investors and mentors ensuring growth in this industry is fostered and supported.
The full Advance Queensland release goes into great depth, discussing how it plans to tackle local issues, and what members of the Queensland screen community, including games, can expect to see over the next decade.
You can read the full release here.