Australia's biggest independent games festival Freeplay has used crowdfunding this year, to huge success.
In an attempt to raise AUD$4000 to fund the year's festivities, Freeplay has managed to achieve more than double this amount, reaching $8180 before the campaign closed on crowdfunding web site Pozible.
Paul Callaghan, Festival Director, said: "Creating a game calls for mixed expertise in visual art, animation, music and sound, storytelling, and computer programming. Games sit at a unique place in the creative industries, at an intersection of several artforms, and Freeplay celebrates that diversity of art and creativity."
The event takes place each year over 5 days in Melbourne at the State Library and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, celebrating, discussing and workshopping everything which comes together to create games.
Callaghan continued: "Like a lot of more established projects, Freeplay is drawing on the community that it already services to raise the gap in its funding rather than just personal networks. It just goes to show what a strong development community we have in Australia. Any more donations we get now will be a bonus for the festival."
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