Ballarat GIG: Get Into Games

Press Release:

For Immediate Release                                                      6 th May, 2013

What : Ballarat GiG: Get Into Games

Where: Mining Exchange, Ballarat, Victoria. Australia

When: 17 th and 18 th May

Melbourne, May 4 th , 2013 — Australia’s largest regional computer games career expo, Ballarat GiG: Get into Games, returns on the 17 th and 18 th of May and will showcase the industry with two days of demonstrations, the latest games to play, competitions and talks from local industry leaders.

Ballarat GiG is a free event that is open to the public and offers rare access to working professionals from leading Australian studios.

Friday the 17 th is a student open day aimed at encouraging secondary school students to look into further education that can help them get into what may be their dream job in the Technology sector. It focuses on talks about entering the industry and the opportunities available.

The Saturday is an open day focused on the theme of Welcome to the World of Apps, as well as offering unstructured time with the developers, a hands-on approach to games with new Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC titles available for the public to play, and a variety of competitions offering big prizes to test visitors' sense of fun and skills.

The Saturday is also a great way for parents which children interested in the games industry to understand more of the career options and pathways available.

The speakers at this year's event include:

  • Game Developer Association of Australia CEO Tony Reed, who is one of the leading experts on the Australian industry and a key lobbyist representing the games industry to government
  • Representatives from Ballarat University and TAFE who are on hand to deliver an overview of the industry and the academic courses on offer.
  • The entire team from rising Melbourne developer Many Monkeys, including one of our local guns, Matt Ditton (ex-Krome and Pandemic).
  • Matt Hall from KlickTock games. Matt has recently relocated to Ballarat and is an excellent example of what we believe the regional cities will see as a true business opportunity as the NBN connection offers business the ability to relocate without compromising their required services.

Welcome to the World of Apps will give the public the opportunity to learn more about this growing sector of the industry from our expert speakers and game developers. App development (generally, smaller programs aimed at mobile devices) offers local developers the chance to compete in the global market without having to be a large studio with a big budget. Whether you have an idea for a game or need some assistance getting your plan in action, come down to GiG on Saturday to learn more.

The video game development industry has now been recognised, at the Commonwealth level, with the establishment of a $20 million development fund, thanks in part to the work of one of our speakers, Tony Reed of the GDAA, which further signals the growing importance and opportunities of the sector in Australia.

So, if you are a teacher and would like your students to have a great and motivational day out check out our Friday program. If you want to play games, learn about a career in video games or learn about the ever growing world of apps head down to Ballarat GiG : Get into Games on Saturday 18 th May. There will be prizes and give-aways as well, so come visit Ballarat GiG.



Ballarat GiG: Get Into Games Program Schedule

Career and Video Game Expo, Mining Exchange, Ballarat

Friday, May 17 th, School Open Day

Time Session
9.00 am Mining Exchange Venue Opens
9.45 am

Opening Presentations

Note: Students will be free to play the games on display around the hall between sessions. This offers a good showcase of the industry as well as an incentive to engage more with the speakers.

10.00 am GDAA, Game Developer Association of Australia presentation

Tony Reed, CEO will talk about the video game industry in Australia and Overseas. Tony’s talk is a fantastic insight into what is now a global industry.

Note: The video game industry is now the largest entertainment industry; it is bigger than film and DVD. Tony has been instrumental in securing $20 Million to assist local game developers and grow the video game industry in Australia.

10.45 am Ballarat Uni presentation, supporting courses

Both Ballarat Uni and TAFE will present course options for the students. Both support teaching students what they will require to learn to join the video game industry.

Note: This is an industry that is not restricted to programmers and artists. There are opportunities in PR, marketing, sales and business, and we would encourage teachers to also invite students with these interests.

11.15 am Many Monkeys Development

Matt Ditton is one of the young guns in the Australian Video Game development industry. Matt will talk about how he got into games and some excellent highlights from his career including Pandemic and making games in strange places.

As something special for this year, Matt is bringing his studio team up to talk to the GiG audience. Tom Killen (formally of Voxel Agents) and Timothy C Best (formally of Spinfast and PC PowerPlay magazine editor) will be on stage with Matt to discuss how a game studio runs.

A lot of talent on stage, illustrating several paths into the industry from the big studios to indie start-ups and moving from related industries.

12.15 pm Lunch/Play During lunch, members of the game industry will talk to teachers

Ballarat GiG will host lunch for both the students and teachers. Ballarat GiG will also host specific presentations for the teachers over lunch with members of the GDAA (Game Developer Association of Australia) and local video game companies. This is to explain the growth of this sector and the career pathways that are available.

Games will be available to play for all the students.

1.15 pm Matthew Hall of Klick Klock  and the developer of “Deck War’ and the beautiful “Little Things Forever”.

Matthew is going to talk about developing iPhone games and the success he has had. Matthew has recently moved his studio to Ballarat and will talk about the opportunities that exist to start and run game studios in Ballarat and regional Victoria as the NBN begins to roll out.

He has worked with some of the big video game companies. Matt has now set up his new studio in Ballarat.

2.00 pm Media Saints and Michael Woodson making fun education games and working with the likes of the ABC.

This is a fantastic story, with the CEO, Michael Woods being one of the team that helped in our early Ballarat GiG: Get into Games events and now runs a video game company working with the likes of the ABC. Michael's presentations are always fun and a little off the wall.

2.30 pm How to get into games, from school to business

This session will extend past the departure time of many schools and is there to support or answer any questions from teachers, students or other persons that have an interest in the video game industry as a career. This session will be open to public.

Saturday, May 18 th, Open Day
Time Session
9.30 am Games available to play.

Come down and enjoy some hands-on time with some of the latest games showcasing the state of the industry.

Competition Registration Begins

Register for our big game events and show your stuff in our competitions starting at noon.

10.00 am

World of Apps 

12.00 pm Organised Game Competitions Begin

We will be featuring game competitions run by the local Guff gaming crew. Prizes on offer for those with enough skill and daring.

Games industry talent on hand for unstructured consultation

Chat to industry rising stars and veterans about the state of game development in Australia and the career options it offers.

4:30pm Doors Close
  • The Friday event programming will be based on the development and career options that the video game industry presents.
  • The schedule includes keynote presentations from the Game Developers Association and key developers in the Australian market. The local educational facilities will also present and introduce course and career options for video gaming.
  • While the keynotes are running, the venue will be open for visitors to play and test games. There will be games for all on PC and Xbox 360.
  • All the booths will be manned. There will also be security in the room to assist teachers as required.

Interviews and photographs available on request.

For more information contact:

Martin Wilkes

Project Manager

Addictive Agency

M: +61 (0) 421 568 434

Why Ballarat?

Ballarat is ideally located to service a large portion of the Victorian regional population. With its investment in educational facilities — from the University to supporting TAFE, and specialised institutes — the city has focused on the development of gaming and multimedia pathways for its youth.


Ballarat ICT Ltd

Ballarat ICT Ltd is a not-for-profit partnership of industry, government and educational institutions dedicated to sustaining and growing a globally competitive information, communication and technology (ICT) industry in Ballarat.

Get into Games supports Ballarat’s ICT direction through education, knowledge transfer and direct contact with industry representatives who have made a career out of video games.



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