The Australian Government has announced that as part of the 2014/15 Federal Budget, it will cease funding to the Australian Interactive Games Fund, commencing 1 July, 2014.
The decision will result in a budget saving of $10 million. The money will be “redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.”
The Australian Interactive Games Fund originally intended to deliver to the industry $20 million across three years. Then Arts Minister Simon Crean, when announcing the Fund, said that, “We need to invest to ensure Australia remains at the forefront”, before describing the gaming industry as, “a growing sector where artists, musicians, writers, performers and software developers meet the local and global demand for interactive entertainment and education.”