A list of New South Wales developers which have received funding from Screen New South Wales has been revealed.
The full list with descriptions, as taken from the Screen New South Wales press release, is as follows:
- $200,000 to KMM Interactive Productions - a partnership between Team Bondi which created the internationally-acclaimed game LA Noire and Kennedy Miller Mitchell which developed some of NSW’s most successful screen productions including the Mad Max films and Happy Feet 1 & 2 - to help develop Whore of the Orient, an open world crime drama set in 1930’s Shanghai for next-generation video game consoles.
- $150,000 in enterprise funding each for Wasabi Productions and Nnooo to grow their businesses and develop projects across web, console and mobile games, including original children’s storytelling for touch screen technology.
- Soap Creative ($45,000), Bubble Gum Interactive ($10,000) and Epiphany Games ($15,000) to engage high-level business and marketing expertise to enrich their business strategies.
- $15,000 to Garoo Games to develop the mobile game Trainology, a multi-dimensional game in which players guide a train from one city to another through a challenging and beautiful landscape.
- $161,928 to Elevator Entertainment for Habitat The Game, a web-based game that is part of a wider transmedia project to teach children and tweens about environmental sustainability through gameplay.
- $30,451 to Intuitive Games Studios for Canonical Five, a thrilling interactive detective game.
- $12,000 to Creative Nonfiction for mobile game Cockatoo Island Ghost Story, a geo-locative story app for smart phones that will lead users through a non-linear, dramatic story on the island’s history and local folklore.
- $85,000 to Frosch Media for Touch Skate, a skateboarding game for mobile devices set inside famous real-world street courses and skate parks.
- $5,000 to Blowfish Studios to attend the Games Development Conference in San Francisco held 27 – 29 March.
Of particular note is that KMM Interactive had recently laid off its development team in Sydney, and former-employees have since started making new independent studios, including Intuitive, which is one of the other funding recipients.
MCV has reached out to Screen New South Wales for comment on the matter.
Screen NSW CEO Maureen Barron said: "Over the life of the Interactive Media Fund we’ve seen outstanding digital talent and some stunning achievements, including the recent news of the International Digital Emmy Award to the creators of the acclaimed NSW children’s multi-platform series dirtgirlworld, for which the Government funded a spin-off iPad game last year.”
The total amount distributed was AUD$879,379.