The Victorian Government is working to strengthen opportunities for women working in digital games, with funding to support eight local companies to launch a series of professional placements for women.
Announcing $140,000 in grants through Film Victoria’s Games Professional Placements program today, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said the placements are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to backing local talent and improving inclusiveness and gender balance in Victoria’s screen industry.
The latest round will give women starting out in the games industry the chance to learn from some of Melbourne’s leading games companies. The selected women will be directly involved in a range of exciting new projects which will build their skills, experience and networks, and open up opportunities for future employment.
Reflecting the diversity of games careers, placements will be offered in fields ranging from programming to marketing and 2D/3D animation.
With funding now secured, companies will finalise their plans for each role and individual opportunities will be advertised by the participating companies. The following placement opportunities have been supported:
- Samurai Punk – Programmer
- Tin Man Games – Production and Marketing Assistant
- Harmonious Games – Junior Programmer
- Second Sight – UX and Game Designer
- Wicked Witch Software – 3D Animator
- PlaySide Studios – Games Artist
- Tantalus Media – QA Technician
The Games Professional Placements program is one of a number of Victorian Government supported opportunities designed to back women in the screen industry. The Film Victoria’s 2018 Women in Games and Women’s Professional and Leadership Development programs are now open for application.