Gaming grads celebrate grant win

Flinders University graduates are among six recipients awarded funding through the South Australian Government’s new $300,000 Games Innovation Fund, which is designed to develop and retain SA original intellectual property in the fast-growing industry.

Patrick Webb and his colleagues at Melonhead Games were awarded funds to advance their project Rooftop Renegade – a fast-paced action platform game that requires players to evade capture as they race through time, against time.

The Games Innovation Fund is administered by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), whose CEO Kate Croser said this funding initiative reflects the SAFC’s evolving role in supporting the full breadth of the State’s screen industry.

“Today’s screen production encompasses so much more than film and television, with web, interactive and gaming now some of the fastest-growing areas of the industry globally. This new Games Innovation Fund allows the SAFC to continue in its commitment to support and develop South Australian screen creatives of all types,” she said.

Mr Webb and colleagues completed their Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in Visual Effects and Entertainment Design in 2018, an internationally acclaimed program delivered in collaboration with industry leader CDW Studios.

The Flinders University/CDW Studios collaborative program placed among the world’s top 10 digital illustration schools this year after claiming the top sport in both 2017 and 2018.

The ongoing achievements of its graduates are testament to the talent of its students, industry-focused course content, and teachers who are at the very top of their game.

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