With a culture of innovation and two decades of support, Queensland gaming is on top, down under.
Queensland has a history of developing world-renowned video games and is home to some amazing and well-known game development studios.
- Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA
Digital games are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world, and Queensland is supercharging its top-tier games development industry with the strongest competitive incentives in Australia.
Queensland is home to several AAA studios, including one of the world’s most successful developer of mobile games, Gameloft, and a rapidly growing indie studio scene.
Not only does Queensland boast an impressive gaming development pedigree, it also has Australia’s most generous rebate.
The combination of low payroll tax and the country’s leading games incentive, with tax offsets and rebates totalling up to 45%, gives companies an unbeatable opportunity for success in a location offering a lifestyle that’s the envy of the world.
Quick glance at the digital games industry
Queensland is home to several AAA studios
US$40 million Creative Industries Precinct
1,300 Game development professionals in Brisbane
A pipeline of hundreds
of games developer
graduates each year
Tax rebate of up to 45% available through Queensland’s Digital Games Incentive + Australia’s Digital Games Tax Offset
Digital games | Gameloft
Queensland is home to the next generation of talent
An industry responsible for generating approximately $122 billion in 2020, mobile gaming holds firm as one of the most financially explosive sectors in the world.
Thanks to the strongest competitive incentives in Australia including a generous tax rebate scheme, one of the world’s most successful mobile game developers, French company Gameloft, has a home right here in Queensland.
An international company finding local success
Responsible for global mega-hits like Ballistic Baseball and the Oregon Trail mobile remake, Gameloft established their Australian headquarters in Brisbane seven years ago, growing their Queensland base from a team of 15 to 60.
The business continued on an incredibly successful trajectory in that time, delivering four games with a fifth on the way (including Oregon Trail, the number one game on Apple Arcade in 2021).
Gameloft Brisbane’s Studio Manager and Managing Director, Dylan Miklashek, said that Southeast Queensland has evolved into a hive of creative development, energised by an exuberant digital network resulting from state-of-the-art academic offerings.
“There’s a unique talent pool available in Brisbane, and a very creative culture buoyed by a comfortable and happy lifestyle,” he said.
World-leading incentives to support a growing industry
Miklashek says that Queensland’s generous tax incentives make a hefty business impact and can’t be overlooked by any studio.
“The end result is that for a A$5 million game, we claim a refund of approximately A$2 million in development costs. That makes Queensland hugely competitive in the global games development industry.”
In addition to Gameloft, Queensland is the home of multiple AAA and indie studios, producing games across all platforms.
Australia’s leading tax offsets up to a value of 45% of development costs have proven attractive lures for many companies looking for locations to set up studios in Queensland.
It’s not just tax benefits that make Queensland the first choice. Lifestyle and a robust talent pipeline are just as important for a productive and motivated team.
“Gameloft chose Brisbane because of the unique talent available here and because lifestyle matters,” Miklashek says. “Developers who live here are happy, motivated and creative: that’s ideal for a games studio.”
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