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Post by Eorl @ 11:02am 14/05/14 | 10 Comments
Last night saw Australia's government reveal the hard hitting 2014-2015 budget, and with it a number of cuts and changes to the Australian economy including health, education and business. Of the rather extensive changes, the Australian budget will also be doing away with its game developer assistance program introduced last year.

Known as the Australian Interactive Games Fund, the $20 million fund was set up last year to assist developers within the rather shrinking Australian games industry. As of last September, the funding had backed 21 independent projects in the tune of $2.6 million. By ending the program on July 1st, the government expects to to achieve savings of $10 million according to the budget.

Games developed under the program included 3 Sprockets' Steam Early Access title Fight the Dragon, Uppercut Games' iOS effort Epoch 2, and Flat Earth Games' Towncraft.

A full review of the 2014-2015 Australian budget can be found at the official website, which outlines some rather large plans including raising the age of retirement to 70 by 2035, scaling back foreign aid, changes to university HELP-FEES and laying off 16,500 government workers over three years. Treasurer Joe Hockey has said cutbacks in the budget are expected to reduce the budget deficit from $49.9 billion this year to $29.8 billion next year, and $2.8 billion in 2017-2018.

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Posted 08:12pm 14/5/14
sucks I guess, gaming development seems pretty dead in this country apart from some small indy companies, this isn't gonna help
Posted 07:38am 15/5/14
But don't loose hope, The ballerinas are covered.
Posted 11:11am 15/5/14
I haven't heard of any of those games, I got a mate who is going to move to Canada to look for work in the industry because Australia doesn't have a game development industry.
Posted 10:18am 18/5/14
Cool, another foaming retard to put up with/make fun of.
Posted 11:33am 18/5/14
Funny how you use names to label someone without bothering to debate. Typical of those whose argument is a FAILURE.
Posted 11:45am 18/5/14
Posted 11:49am 18/5/14
Jesus dont bother discussing fiscal responsibility on here. Most users think money grows on trees. Is your name pronounced with a hard J?
Posted 12:00pm 18/5/14
Good point infi-about most users thinking money grows on trees....
Nerf Stormborn
Posted 12:23pm 18/5/14
Nobody here thinks that money grows on trees. Infi just makes ridiculous s*** up about people who disagree with him, rather than ever answer what they've actually said.
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