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SA video game creatives shine at Gamescom 2023

01 September 2023
South Australian game developers at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
South Australian game developers at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

The world’s largest and most influential video game trade fair Gamescom wrapped up last week in Germany, with six SA games studios representing the depth of talent down under.

Running 23 to 27 August in Cologne, Gamescom saw more than 320,000 attendees from all over the world come together to experience a huge week of business-to-business networking, informative talks, big game reveals, and an overall global celebration of gaming culture.

SA game development studios Paper Cactus Games, Lamplight Forest, My Colourful Mind, DinoRocket, Mighty Kingdom and Mini Mammoth Games were among the 1,220 exhibitors at the prestigious event, specially selected to display their work in the Australian pavilion as part of the national contingent, supported by the SAFC and SA Department for Trade and Investment (DTI).

SAFC Game Development Executive Patrick Webb represented the SAFC at Gamescom for the first time, looking to identify opportunities for SA developers as part of the SAFC’s commitment to supporting video game development and production in South Australia.

Check out photos of the SA contingent at Gamescom!

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 also 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%.

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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