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Digital games

Australia is a global leader in digital games.

Australian-made games are rocketing up global sales charts. Our indie developers are partnering with global publishers. Our studios are attracting multimillion-dollar investment. And 85% of Australian game developers create their own IP.

Whether it’s developing award-winning digital games, using virtual reality to train industry or digital twins to manage industrial sites, the possibilities are endless for Australia’s digital games industry.

Are you looking to invest in Australia’s digital games industry? We offer:

  • Federal and state tax offsets worth up to 45% of development costs
  • Deep pools of creative and tech talent
  • Support for 24-hour games development cycles
  • A track record of critically and commercially successful IP
  • …and that great Australian lifestyle.

Thinking about entering the Australian market?

  • Investors typically establish a new company, register as a foreign company or acquire an existing company. Assess your options with our Investor Guide.
  • Austrade is Australia’s national investment promotion agency. We attract and facilitate game-changing foreign direct investment into Australia. Our team of business and investment specialists can connect investors to early-stage opportunities in Australia and provide direct and tailored professional assistance. Find out how we can help.

Find your home in Australia

Level Up: Our 2023 guide to the digital games industry in Australia.

Read our guide

Creating chart-topping games

Australian studios win international awards.

Home to global talent

Our prowess in digital games is driven by deep skills in multiple technologies. Our young developers and experienced studio execs create the perfect blend of commercial, tech and creative talent.

  • More than 3,000 skilled games students graduate each year in Australia.
  • Local colleges teach engineering, game design, digital art, 3-D modelling, animation and audio engineering.
  • Our tech industry is one of the biggest in the southern hemisphere.
  • A wave of Aussie expats are returning to run studios.
  • Global Talent visas are now available for top-skilled industry professionals.

Our colleges produce excellent graduates with all the necessary skills to make great games.’

- Joshua Sanderson, Co-founder, Team WIBY (Phantom Abyss).

Fast facts

  • More than 3,200 Australians are employed across Australia’s digital games ecosystem. More than 2,100 are directly employed in Australian games studios, a 59 per cent year-on-year increase (Source: Level Up: A Guide to the Australian Games Industry 2023).
  • Games studio income rose 26% in just one year, from 2020/21 to 2021/22 (Source: IGEA 2022).
  • Two in 3 Australians play digital games (Source: Digital Australia 2022).
  • Australian games development studios earned A$284.4m in revenue in 2021/22 (Source: IGEA Australian Game Development Survey 2022).
  • 84% of Australian game studio revenue comes from international markets (Source: Level Up: A Guide to the Australian Games Industry 2023).
  • Australian industry shines when technology and creativity are incorporated. Cultural and creative industries contribute A$122.3 billion a year to Australia’s economy (Source: Australian Government 2022).  And the Australian tech sector contributes A$167 billion (Source: Benchmark Report 2023, 2020–21 GDP).

Incentives, grants, and support

Australia’s thriving digital landscape is supported by a range of federal and state incentives that enable businesses to unlock their potential.

Our booming digital games industry is supported by a federal tax offset and state incentives worth up to 45% of eligible development costs.

The Digital Games Tax Offset

  • Australia’s new Digital Games Tax Offset (DGTO) is a game changer. It offers:
    • a 30% refundable tax offset.
    • available on eligible games with qualifying expenditure of more than A$500,000.
    • worth up to A$20 million each year.
    • claimable for eligible expenditure up to A$66.7m a year incurred from 1 July 2022.
    • can be combined with state-based incentives worth 10–15%.
  • Screen Australia’s Games: Expansion Pack initiative is open to games with budgets below $500,000. Grants are worth up to A$150,000.

Support from Australian states and territories

  • Games developers can combine DGTO with grants from Australian states and territories.

Additional incentives and support

Video: Aussie Games Showcase

Our thriving ecosystem

  • The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) supports the Australian digital games industry, including through the Australian Game Developer Awards and the flagship Games Connect Asia Pacific professional conference in Melbourne. 
  • Screen Australia is the Australian Government agency that supports screen development, production and promotion. Individual states and territories also offer support via their own development agencies: VicScreen, Screen NSW, the South Australian Film Corporation, Screenwest in Western Australia, Screen Queensland, Screen Tasmania and Screen Territory.
  • Australia offers numerous startup hubs, accelerators and coworking spaces:
    •  Game Plus workspaces bring together game developers and related tech startups in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra.
    • Screen Queensland operates the SQhub co-working space for screen creatives in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 
    • ACMI X is a coworking community that houses more than 60 creative practitioners and start-ups in a creative culture of collaboration, innovation and sustainability.
    • The QUT Design Lab is a community of designers, engineers, roboticists, creative thinkers, makers, artists, health practitioners and innovators all working to transform ideas into tangible design artefacts, images, spaces, interactions and processes.
    • Techstars is an accelerator based at Tech Central Sydney that supports start-ups focused on emerging technologies including creative tech.
    • The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Innovation Hub is home to a thriving community of startups that help musicians and the industry with a wide range of next-generation technologies.

A magnet for investors

Studios based in Australia are creating some of the world’s most popular games, making them a magnet for multimillion-dollar investment.

Global capital is pouring into Australia’s digital games industry. We welcome foreign investment from AAA studios and ambitious startups. With international acclaim, pro-business regulation and a cracking lifestyle, our games eco-system is growing fast.

Success stories

A games developer from Sledgehammer Games edits game characters with two computer screens
A futuristic flying machine above a city created by Keywords Studios

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