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Developers show off South Australian games talent at Gamescom

26 August 2022
SA studios at Gamescom 2022, image supplied
South Australian game studios at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

Annual video games fair Gamescom has kicked off in Cologne, Germany, with South Australian games studios representing in force.

Gamescom is a huge week of business-to-business networking, informative talks, big game reveals, and an overall global celebration of gaming culture. 

Among the Australian companies attending the global event are Adelaide based studios Mighty Kingdom and We Made A Thing, as well as Half Giant, Golden Age Studios, and We Have Always Lived In The Forest.  Each studio is bringing their flagship titles to pitch, showcase and promote, connecting with the global game development industry in the largest gaming event of the year.

The SAFC wishes all the South Australian teams best of luck in what is sure to be an exciting and inspiring week!

The SAFC’s Export Market Travel Fund is currently open and supporting screen producers and game developers to attend selected festivals, conferences and events like Gamescom and Game Developers Conference (GDC), to take finance-ready projects to the international marketplace. For more information, click here.

The SAFC supports video game development and production and games businesses through the SA VGD Rebate, which enables video games studios to claim a 10% rebate on costs incurred to develop a game in South Australia, for projects with a minimum spend of $250,000. The SA VGD Rebate is stackable with the Federal Government’s 30% Digital Games Tax Offset (DGTO) for video game development in Australia – meaning developers can potentially access a total rebate of 40%.

The SA VGD Rebate has already helped a number of South Australian companies launch new titles, including Wolf Tales, Virtual Sim Story and Horse Riding Tales from Foxie Games, Conan Chop Chop, Ball Stars and Ava’s Manor from Mighty Kingdom and Makers Play Planet from Makers Empire.

Mighty Kingdom Founder and CEO Philip Mayes said: “The great thing about the SA VGD rebate is that the impacts of it compound over time; essentially it means we can put more resources into our products and create bigger and better games, and the return to those games can be fed back into our development pipeline. I would encourage every developer in South Australia to reach out to the SAFC and see how this rebate can apply to their business.”

Foxie Games Founder and Director Dineth Abeynayake said: “The amount of talent we have coming through, the growing tech scene and the liveability of Adelaide all just combine to make it a really good place to build video games – and the VGD rebate is the sort of cherry on top of all those things. Since receiving the VGD rebate we’ve hired an additional four full-time staff members here in South Australia, so it gives us the confidence to increase the size of our projects and team.”

Find out how the SA VGD Rebate can supercharge your business in the video above, and find out more about how the SAFC supports the games sector at

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