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WA levels-up it's games support; Introducing the International Access Pass

WA levels-up it's games support; Introducing the International Access Pass

Above image was taken from Desert Child, a hoverbike racing RPG in development by WA’s Oscar Brittain

Games businesses in Western Australia can now apply for a $5,000 grant for overseas travel through the McGowan Government’s Games Industry Growth Pilot program.

The International Access Pass seeks to connect the WA games industry with key players and build business networks to ensure the state becomes a part of the $124 billion global industry.

Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly said; “This program is just one of the ways the McGowan Government is delivering on its election commitment to support new and emerging businesses in WA through the $16.7 million New Industries Fund, to create jobs and diversify the economy.”

People who work in games can apply for a grant in five award categories:

  • Superstar – the main award, for talented Western Australians who have a great product that they are ready to take to the world and who can deliver business results;
  • Bright Spark – for high potential individuals who have recently graduated (within the last two years) from a WA university or VET institution/organisation;
  • Trailblazer – recognising women who inspire other women and girls to develop their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills and act as leaders in their chosen field;
  • New Horizons – for individuals who use games technology, theory or skills in other sectors such as education and training, health, mining or finance; and
  • Teamed Up – two awards available for one team who need to travel together to make their mission succeed.

“Globally, the gaming industry is worth $124 billion and the McGowan Government is working to support local innovators through the Games Industry Pilot Program.” Minister Kelly continued.

Read the full release here.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session before they submit a grant application online. Visit https://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au

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