Photo credit: Gubbins.
Today, the Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks opened applications for the second year of Originate Games.
Launched in 2023, Originate Games champions Victorian game developers who have projects in early stages of development to fine-tune their work, with the future goal of publishing their game to be enjoyed by millions of gamers around the world.
Victorian developers will be able to apply for grants up to $50,000 to support the development of their project, providing untapped talent the resources they need to create unique and leading-edge digital games projects.
After the success of the inaugural Originate Games, participants of the 2024 initiative will once again be mentored by industry powerhouses, learning from their invaluable expertise and receiving guidance on how to elevate their projects.
The first instalment of Originate Games is ongoing, with an exhilarating collection of games lined up for release in the coming years. The participants of the 2023 Originate Games alumni and their projects include:
Dawn Chorus (working title)
Have You Seen Me?
The Adventures of Dolly
Untitled Baseball Game
Victoria is globally renowned as a creative hub for phenomenal and quirky games, including recent award-winning smash hits Gubbins and Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical. The continuation of Originate Games will support future generations of the sector to grow the state’s legacy of producing distinctive and celebrated content.
Minister Creative Industries Colin Brooks said, "The calibre and creativity of the inaugural Originate Games projects has been nothing short of inspiring. We can’t wait to see these locally made games hit the world stage in future years.”
“We are excited to build on Originate Games, launching the second year of the initiative, which will continue to support our local developers to continue to generate the much-loved and diverse games, which our state is famous for.”
VicScreen CEO Caroline Pitcher said, “VicScreen’s Originate Games initiative supports our homegrown talent to bring their bold and brilliant game ideas to life. The program has already proven to elevate new voices in digital games, and we can’t wait to unearth new talent and a new slate of projects in 2024.”
To apply or for more information about Originate Games, visit: vicscreen.vic.gov.au/funding/games/#originate-games
Want to discuss your application? Schedule a time with VicScreen's Games team here.