Adelaide Game Plus Hub to create up to 500 jobs

20 November

The State Government has announced a $2 million fund to help build a world leading Digital Games Development Hub in Adelaide, which is expected to create up to 500 new local jobs in the multi-billion dollar industry.

The hub will be operated by Game Plus, with $450,000 of the fund to be used to fit-out the Pirie Street space.

Game Plus is a collaborative workplace for game developers and related specialist technology start-ups. They provide a hub for digital entrepreneurs to co-locate and share knowledge, resources and opportunities.

A further $1.3 million of the fund will be used to assist with the production and marketing of Adelaide-made digital games and a further $200,000 will be allocated to industry specific skills development and education programs.

Game Plus Hub will be home to some of the world’s biggest developers, including SA based global heavyweight, Mighty Kingdom.

The Digital Games Development Industry is tipped to be worth $90 billion by 2020 and the establishment of the Game Plus Hub is expected to encourage more game developers from around the country – and the world – to set up shop in South Australia.

Adelaide Game Plus Hub will consist of three offices and 29 ‘hot-desks’ available for digital games development companies. The hub is 25 per cent bigger than the Canberra Game Plus, which consists of 25 games development companies, and has experienced 47 per cent growth in less than one year.

Up to 500 jobs are expected to be created in the industry locally over the next three years.

Premier Jay Weatherill said this new Game Plus Hub is set to create around 500 jobs in three years, while positioning SA as a national leader in the rapidly growing gaming industry.

“Business confidence in SA is the highest in the nation, and our investment in this hub is set to drive investment from game developers from around the nation and the world,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The $2 million fund to support the development of the hub sits alongside a range of measures we have put in place to drive jobs growth and foster our leadership in emerging industries – including the $200 million Future Jobs Fund, Job Accelerator Grant and payroll tax cuts for small business.”

Employment Minister Kyam Maher said Adelaide is fast becoming the best place for digital games makers to set up shop.

“By establishing the games hub here in the city, we’re sending a clear message to this multi-billion dollar global industry that we are open for business,” Mr Maher said.

“Companies like Game Plus and Mighty Kingdom have huge projects on the go with major companies including LEGO.”

Quotes attributable to COO & Co-Founder of Game Plus Amit Oberoi

COO & Co-Founder of Game Plus Amit Oberoi said they are thrilled at the announcement by the South Australian Government for the $2 million fund to help build a world leading Digital Games Development Hub in Adelaide.

“Game Plus is a non-profit collaborative workspace for game developers. It provides a hub and national network for digital entrepreneurs to co-locate, share resources, knowledge and opportunities,” Mr Oberoi said.

“Ultimately this alleviates identified challenges faced by the industry and provides an industry pathway for new and existing companies.

“The Canberra Game Plus has provided more than $420,000 in contract work to developers. This is something we anticipate exceeding in the larger Adelaide Game Plus.”

Mighty Kingdom Founder and Director Phil Mayes said the announcement is a game changer for the industry in South Australia.

“This game development hub in Adelaide will serve as a focal point for local industry collaboration and investment, creating even more jobs, Mr Mayes said.

“With their support for Game Plus, the State Government has understood our need to grow our industry and take on even bigger projects, catapulting more South Australian businesses into the $90 billion dollar game market.”