WEST AUSTRALIAN GAMES INDUSTRY GETS FUNDING BOOST FROM SCREENWEST

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28 Aug 2019

MatthewDyet

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WEST AUSTRALIAN GAMES INDUSTRY GETS FUNDING BOOST FROM SCREENWEST

28 Aug 2019

The importance of the games industry to Australia’s economy and creative landscape is becoming recognised more broadly and the industry in West Australia in particular is set for advancement thanks to a recent funding boost.  

Screenwest, West Australia’s screen funding and development organisation has just awarded $100,000 worth of grants to a range of virtual reality and game projects in the state through their Interactive Pilot Fund. Screenwest says the response to their submission request was well beyond expectations, proving the hunger the games industry has for this type of official support. 

Matthew Dyet is a lecturer at SAE Perth and Chair of Let’s Make Games, an organisation that represents and advocates for the games industry in WA. Matthew and his team’s project reCAPTIVE is one of the five successful submissions and has received a $20,000 grant to be developed. 

reCAPTIVE is an entertainment product that is a parody of Google’s reCAPTCHA. Originally created by three friends in the 48 hour Global Game Jam, reCAPTIVE is an alternative reality game in which the player helps an Artificial Intelligence escape it's prison by solving real world puzzles. reCAPTIVE is currently being developed on a PC platform with the potential to release on mobile in the future. 

reCAPTIVE

“We have had an amazing response to reCaptive, it's been online for a year and we were approached by people in the game development community who have given us direct positive feedback. With this traction we realised that reCAPTIVE has a real chance to go to market and do well, that’s why we submitted it to the Interactive Pilot Fund,” Matthew said. 

“We have such robust games community in Perth that it’s great to see some funding put forward to see it realise its full potential.”

“So many enthusiastic students with fresh vision and ambitions are coming through SAE, that we need to ensure that the industry is supported locally so they can stay here and we don’t lose their immense talents to other cities such as Melbourne and Sydney where the games sector is more established,” Matthew said. 

You can download an early playable version of reCAPTIVE here: https://gamedadmatt.itch.io/recaptive 

The reCAPTIVE development team is: 

Matthew Dyet (West Australia) - Producer / Programmer

Jess Watson (West Australia)  - Artist / Accessibility Designer

Morgan White (West Australia)  -  Writer / Narrative Designer

Damon Reece (South Australia)  - Narrative Designer

Listen to Matthew discuss the games industry in WA on ABC radio here: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/breakfast/perth-gamers/11416416


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