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Senate Backs Ludlam Call For Video Games Industry Inquiry

Senate Backs Ludlam Call For Video Games Industry Inquiry

Ludlam said the inquiry will help establish what the Government should be doing to support Australia’s games industry, along with the employment, economic and creative benefits it delivers to the nation.

“Five years ago, Australia had a burgeoning video game development sector employing thousands of talented people in this rapidly growing industry,” Ludlam said. “Internationally, companies have experienced strong growth thanks to smart government support and favourable regulatory settings.

“In Australia, no such luck: the sector has been treated like the poor cousin of the creative industries, culminating in the Abbott government’s decision to close the $20 million Australian Interactive Games Fund, just 12 months after it was established.”

The fund had been announced by former Labor Arts Minister Simon Crean in 2012 to run over the course of three years. However the initiative was axed by the Coalition Government as part of last year’s Budget.

Dates for submissions and public hearings will be announced shortly