Event: The bird themed Potluck 9.0

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Join the Potluck Collective in making fun and silly games for the sake of creating, with their next event being all about birds! You can make any kind of game you want on the theme, and then showcase it with the crew in July. It’s a great opportunity to meet local developers, have fun and a few drinks.

Event Details…

  • What: Potluck 9.0 – Honk Honk Honk
  • Cost: Free!
  • When: Saturday, 27 July 2019, from 7:30pm till late
  • Where: See the Facebook Event page for more details
    (Location details to be announced closer to the date)

No doubt this ones going to be a hoot – so be sure to check out their event page for more details, or to keep up to date with the collective in future you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to join the Let’s Make Games Discord for announcements of more events in future!

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What’s New: Screenwest $100,000 Interactive Pilot Fund & GameDev Meetup

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Join Screenwest on Thurs, June 13th at the local Game Dev Meetup to find out how you can take advantage of their new funding opportunity. Their Interactive Pilot Fund will see $100,000 of financial support go towards the production and development of West Australian interactive projects, and games are front and center in the plan!

About the Interactive Pilot Fund

Screenwest are looking for well-designed procedural narratives, and are open to projects from a wide range of digital mediums. Full guidelines and terms are available on the Fund Information Page, but as a starting point it’s been made clear that Video Games, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Extended Reality, and Multi-platform projects are all welcomed.

“It is a natural next step for us to introduce this pilot fund. WA’s interactive sector is small, but vibrant and consistently delivers above and beyond what is expected. WA games have consistently won Australian Game Developer Awards nationally for the past few years. We expect to see great projects delivered and be able demonstrate value to the government, developers and community.”

– Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe

Head on over the the Interactive Fund Information Page for all the details, or to apply! Applications close Monday, 1 July 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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Game Dev Meetup Event Details

The Game Dev Meetup is a casual catchup organised by local devs and open to all. Joining them for this event is Screenwest Games & Interactive consultant Vee Pendergrast, for an informal Q&A session on the Interactive Pilot Fund.

  • What: Game Dev Meetup, featuring informal Q&A session on the Interactive Pilot Fund
  • Where: Yes Please Perth, 1/182 James St, Northbridge
  • When: Thurs, 13 June
  • Time: 5pm – 10pm (Q&A Session from 5 – 6pm)
  • Accessibility Note: LMG is unable to verify the accessibility of community-led events, however to our knowledge this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

To stay up to date on the Game Dev Meetup, jump into their facebook event or keep an eye out in the event’s channel on the Let’s Make Games Discord.

Submissions open for PlayUp Perth Games Zone at the XR:WA Festival

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Showcase your game alongside other high-quality screen content at the PlayUp Perth Games Zone as part of the XR:WA festival. Running for 3 day in July, XR:WA is a new event that furthers Revelation Film Fest‘s pursuit of developing an ‘ideas market’ for screen-based and immersive industries in WA. There is no cost to submitting your interactive project for consideration, and this curated collection is open to work from all kinds of creatives at any career stage!

Event Details

  • What: PlayUp Perth Games Zone at XR:WA
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA
  • When: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th of July
  • Times: 9:30am – 5:00pm
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Submission Information

Successful Applicants will receive a free table to exhibit their game in the Playup Perth Games Zone, as well as full access to the XR:WA festival for up to 2 developers. Exhibitors will be announced June 21st.

For full details on submitting your game for inclusion in the PlayUp Perth Games Zone, head on over to their Call for Submissions page. Then once you’re clear on all the details, you can apply here!

Note that preference will be given to games currently in development, or released within the last 18 months. Submissions are welcomed from all game-makers, including students, indies, and developers in tangentially related fields; creatives from under-represented demographics in the games industry are also strongly encouraged to apply!

Contact Information

For all questions regarding the PlayUp Perth Games Zone, please contact the space curator Sofie Mather via

The Return of Loading Space Coworking

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Loading Space is back again, providing a free space for game-makers to come work every Thursday, thanks to the State Library of WA.

For just over a year now, Let’s Make Games has been running Loading Space, a free co-working space for game developers. We were very kindly powered by Stirfire Studios at that time, thanks to the excellent space they provided us for events and learning.

Now we are receiving help from a new group, the State Library of Western Australia! They have very graciously allowed us to utilise their Studio.001 space in the State Library and now we’re doing all kinds of things.

Weekly Loading Space

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Also this Sunday we will be trialling the first Sunday Session of Loading Space. Basically at an alternative time for people to attend the session!

At 2pm we will also be talking about events for Let’s Make Games so if you want to contribute ideas or chat about getting involved, join us!

Sunday Session Trial

  • What: Sunday Session of the co-working space to create cool things!
  • Where: Studio.001 Space. Level 1, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000.
  • When: Sunday the 26th of May from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
  • Cost: Entirely Free!
  • What to Bring: Anything you are working on (paper, laptop etc), there is internet, power and tea/coffee so we’re covered for the basics.

Event: North Asia Market Insight Session

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Interested in learning methods that will aid you in breaking into the North Asian markets? Government agency Austrade will be holding a market insight session on the opportunities, events and market entry pathways for Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean digital game markets on Wednesday the 8th of May.

  • What: Austrade North Asia Market Insight Session
  • When: Wednesday, May 8 starting at 12:30pm
  • Where: Level 5, 40 St Georges Tce, Perth.
  • Cost: Free, but you must send RSVP to Austrade WA rep Kristian Raston kristian.raston [at] austrade.gov.au.

Featuring an excellent group of speakers, the session will be broadcast across all states simultaneously. Time is running out though, so be sure to send Kristian your RSVP email asap and head on over to the Austrade’s Perth office to tune in.

We hope to see you there!

Job Opportunities: Software Engineer & QA

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Titanium Studios are working on the latest escapades of the alien Abe in Oddworld: Soulstorm, and are searching for local developers to join their team for the project. If you have experience as a quality assurance tester, or in developing code for games or software, check it out!

About Titanium Studios

Titanium Studios is an independent game developer located in Perth, that specialise in ports and target most modern console, mobile and personal computer platforms. The studio is part of the global game development team developing Oddworld: Soulstorm.

The Jobs

Software Engineer (Mid-Snr)

(Full-time, fixed 6-12 month contract)

  • Two years experience developing code for high quality, commercial video game(s), or
  • Three years experience developing code for other demanding software applications, and, a demonstrated passion for game development such as personal projects, game jams, etc.
  • Fluency in C#.

Software Tester

(Full-time, initial fixed term 6 month contract)

  • 3 months previous job experience as a software tester.
  • Please do not apply for this position unless you have held a paying job that involved testing software. Experience as a volunteer tester of open betas will not qualify you for this position.

 

Check out the links above for further details on each role, plus instructions on how to apply. Please note that applicants must have the right to work in Australia, and be able to work from the studio’s Perth metro office. Remote work is not possible for these positions, and applicants must be able to attend an in-person interview.

Job Opportunities: Multiple Roles

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Bungarra Software are on the look out for developers with a range of skills to help build their latest creations. The Fremantle-based studio is behind The Surfer series on Playstation 3, and are keen to offer opportunities for more Perth game makers as they take on more projects on more consoles.

About Bungarra Software

Formed in 1998, Bungarra P/L is a full service media production company proudly based in Fremantle, Western Australia. We are an independent developer and publisher of console sports games for a range of current and next generation platforms. Some of our clients have included Electronic Arts, Vivendi Universal Games, and XS Games LLC. Bungarra publishes sports games for all platforms including the Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and Apple platforms.

The Jobs

There are multiple roles currently available, so check out the links below for further details plus instructions on how to apply:

Applications close Friday 10th May, 2019. Please note that Applicants must be able to work at their Fremantle studios and already be a resident of Perth, Western Australia; Interstate and Overseas-based developers will be considered at a later stage.

Let’s Talk Games: Exploring Accessibility

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After a bit of a hiatus we’re back for another round of Let’s Talk Games. This time we are exploring accessibility for gamers with disabilities, and different methods of supporting a more inclusive player base.

  • When: 6pm, Thursday, 2 May 2019
  • Where: North Metro TAFE, 140 Royal Street East Perth, WA
  • Room: B202 Lecture Theatre Building B

 

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About Today’s Topic

We’ll be opening the night with Amanda Mace from Web Key IT discussing what is being done for gamers with disabilities to better access games, and what else needs to be done.

Then back from a jam-packed trip to PAX East, West Australian developer Brian Fairbanks will be having a chat about his game, Lost and Hound, and his approaches to provide an accessible experience for blind gamers.

 

Spaces are limited, so make sure you head on over to Evenbrite to grab your ticket. If you have any questions, you can get in contact with the via the Facebook event page.

Innovation Vouchers Program

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Following on from the Game Developer Travel Grants program, New Industries WA have a new initiative available that can provide co-investiment of up to $20,000 for development inputs and commercialisation you you business.

“The Innovation Vouchers Program can provide your small to medium enterprise (SME) with the financial boost it needs to access professional skills, services or knowledge, enabling you to advance your idea or commercial activity in Western Australia.

The Innovation Vouchers Program is designed to assist innovators overcome some of the barriers on the path to commercialisation. It aims to catalyse new relationships between SMEs, research providers and specialist commercialisation support services, or to move tentative collaborations into a productive relationship.”

The funding requires co-investiment of at least 20:80 (you:grant), and can be used towards:

  • Research and Development
  • Product Development
  • Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property
  • Commercialisation Support Services

Applications are currently open, and close 11am Friday 29 March 2019. Funding is available to successful applicants from 1 July 2019. For more details, visit the New Industries WA website or check out the Funding Application Guidelines.

 

Let’s Make Games Annual General Meeting

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Next month Let’s Make Games will be holding its Annual General Meeting, which is open for the community to attend. LMG exists to foster and support game developers in Western Australia, so if you would like to know more about what we’ve been up to, or you are interested in being on the committee, please join us!

Attendance is free, but tickets are required to confirm numbers. For those interested in a committee position with the organisation, please submit your expression of interest by emailing us via contact [AT] letsmakegames.org before the event.

Please note that Let’s Make Games supports and promotes participation within a safe environment at all times. In line with this we ask that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner, and we reserve the right to remove individuals who engage in inappropriate behaviours. For more details please see our Community Guidelines.

We look forward to having you with us!