Qld expands growth in games market

Queensland’s computer games industry is set to expand after the state government launched a development program designed to create new employment opportunities.

The $800,000 Interactive Games Development Program is a part of the $100 million four-year Smart State strategy.

The Queensland State Government will spend $200,000 a year over the next four years to accelerate the growth of the computer games industry.

Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, said the state’s games industry employed about 300 people in 18 games companies.

Beattie said the production of interactive computer games was one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and would be worth $US86 billion by 2006.

“We want to ensure the Smart State’s top creative talent is best placed to tap into this lucrative industry,” he said.

The program provides free access to development kits for console games as well as supporting initiatives pursued at a national level, such as providing affordable broadband access for major users.

The Australian games industry turned over $110 million in 2002.