GREENS AN­NOUNCE PLAN FOR $100 MIL­LION GAMES IN­VEST­MENT FUND

Nice idea, shame about the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate

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There are those who say that games and pol­i­tics should never mix - but the Greens have ob­vi­ously never sub­scribed to the no­tion. The po­lit­i­cal party has just an­nounced a $100 mil­lion Games In­vest­ment and En­ter­prise Fund to sup­port lo­cal game devel­op­ers. “Video games are cul­tur­ally, ar­tis­ti­cally and eco­nom­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant,” Greens se­na­tor Jor­don Steele-John said in to­day’s an­nounce­ment. “Worth more than $3 bil­lion an­nu­ally in Aus­tralia and over $100 bil­lion world­wide, the Aus­tralian Greens see video games as a key com­po­nent in re­boot­ing our dig­i­tal fu­ture.” The an­nounce­ment comes as part of the party’s ag­gres­sive Bat­man by-elec­tion cam­paign. There is cur­rently zero gov­ern­ment sup­port for the in­dus­try, since a $20 mil­lion fund set up by La­bor in 2012 was dis­missed by Tony Ab­bott’s gov­ern­ment in 2014. This new fund would be in line with rec­om­men­da­tions from a Se­nate com­mit­tee held over two years ago, but sub­se­quently ig­nored by the gov­ern­ment. The Greens’ plan also in­cludes an ex­ten­sion of the Pro­ducer Tax Off­set and the Post, Dig­i­tal and Vis­ual Ef­fects (PDV) Off­set to game devel­op­ers, and $5 mil­lion to help cre­ate co-work­ing spa­ces along the same model as Mel­bourne’s very suc­cess­ful The Ar­cade.

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