The Australian based Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) today opened its newest Game Plus coworking space in Canberra, the perfect opportunity for small indie developers and start-ups to work together and share resources in a specifically designed working space with future tech and games in mind.
The AIE launched the newest site earlier this morning, which a host of local talent will be making use of, including Lightning Rock, Wildgrass Games, JR Apps, Cardboard Keep, Siege Sloth, PineFire Studios, Hazard Fax, Dreamgate Studios, Bit Bunny and Great Helm Games. AIE’s own Incubator program will also be making use of the space as well for its student start-ups, a chance for those researching and studying to become their own indie studio to get involved with talented and established teams. It’s a fantastic initiative, one that I wholly support and hope to see more of just about everywhere.
If this is all new to you but you’ve been considering getting into the video game development space, the AIE runs a number of locations across Australia and online, providing numerous courses across animation, programming, design and more. There’s also a number of courses tailored to film VFX and 3D animation. Quite a few graduating students have been in the news of late, working on the likes of Game of Thrones, music videos for pop group Chvrches and running an alternate reality game at the upcoming Sydney Fringe Festival. So the opportunity to learn and grow in a space that’s ripe with potential is there for the picking, if you so choose.
If you’re in Canberra, be sure to visit the Game Plus venue and say hi to all the teams or visit the local AIE at Canberra Technology Park. We here at PN2 would like to wish everyone involved a hearty ‘good luck’! And for more info on your potential future career in game development, head over to the official AIE website to find out what’s on offer and where your nearest campus may be (fingers crossed the Perth campus opens sooner rather than later).
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson