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Oz Games Industry Shirtfronts Canberra Over Lack Of Support

The Turnbull Government has copped a backhander from the Down Under video games industry.

In an open letter to Comms and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield, the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) questioned why his department has so far done nothing about eight recommendations made more than a year ago by a Senate committee to help the games industry take off.

“We thought we’d finally received the recognition from government that we needed and deserved. (But) it’s been 390 days since the Senate standing committee handed down its report, and you are yet to respond,” the open letter says.

Elsewhere, IGEA CEO Ron Curry has called on the Government to acknowledge the recommendations and work with the IGEA to promote the talented but funding-short industry.

Recent IGEA studies have found that an estimated 68pc of all Australians and 98pc of homes with children under 18 play video games, spending more than $2 billion a year on games and consoles.

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