Victoria is home to 47 per cent of Australia's digital games industry which includes 103 studios. On top of this there are further support services; animation, MOCAP, publishing and PR that support this creative industry.
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Melbourne is home to the Game Developers' Association of Australia (GDAA) and The Arcade, Australia's only not-for-profit collaborative co-working space specifically for the digital games industry. The Arcade currently houses over 25 games companies employing over 80 staff working on products for entertainment, serious games and solving non-entertainment problems through gamification. The Arcade houses a gamification workshop space encouraging projects from non-entertainment industries to leverage games methodologies, technologies and psychologies.
The high calibre work produced in Victorian studios often results in best-selling games and award winning animations in film productions. Victoria is also home to service and middleware providers to games development studios. These providers also service the entertainment, education, e-health and simulation sectors.
Victoria produces 1000 graduates a year from 29 games-related courses delivered from 20 academic institutions in the state. Courses include programming, animation, multimedia design, digital art, and design. Melbourne also leads Australia with the number of graduates in information and communications technology (ICT).
Film Victoria also supports games marketing through grant assistance. Since December 2010, the Victorian Government has provided over A$4 million in investment and marketing support to the digital games industry.
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