Screen NSW has announced $879,000 in funding for mobile apps, video games and other digital interactive content through the state government’s Interactive Media Fund.
The NSW government has invested $3 million over two years through the fund to support commercial digital content for the Internet, mobile and other emerging platforms and devices. The government announced $291,000 for games in October.
“Through the Interactive Media Fund, Screen NSW has proudly supported a range of immensely talented and innovative creative professionals who have helped Australia lead the world in the exciting world of interactive storytelling,” CEO Maureen Barron said in a statement. “Along the way we have helped build creative digital skills, business opportunities, innovative new products and valuable international reputation.”
The largest chunk of the funding, $200,000, went to KMM Interactive Productions—a partnership between film developer Kennedy Miller Mitchell and developers from defunct game company Team Bondi. The company is developing an open-world crime game set in 1930's Shanghai called Whore of the Orient.
The government spent another $150,000 each to Wasabi Productions and Nnooo to develop Web, console and mobile games, including children’s storytelling for touchscreen technology.
Other companies that received money were Soap Creative, Bubble Gum Interactive, Epiphany Games, Garoo Games, Elevator Entertainment, Intuitive Games Studios, Creative Nonfiction, Frosch Media and Blowfish Studios.
The NSW government also released its budget for the 2013-14 financial year earlier this week.
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