Adelaide’s gaming developers and educators are playing to win

The Australian video game industry is going from strength to strength and was valued at $4.029 billion in 2018, representing a 25 per cent increase in sales from the previous year. Adelaide’s gaming ecosystem already consists of 30 game development studios that are making big impacts on a global scale. South Australia is primed to nurture the new wave of talent in this burgeoning sector, with a range of renowned educational institutions.

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), based on Grenfell Street, pioneered the development of specialist game qualifications. As Australia’s most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual FX educator, AIE continue to evolve the learning experience and give students vital connections to industry.

CDW Studios School of Visual Effects and Entertainment Design joined forces with Flinders University to offer a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) degree which ranked the number 1 school for digital illustration in the world by The Rookies in 2017 and 2018. Flinders University also independently offer a Bachelor of Information Technology (Simulation and Serious Games) while the University of South Australia offers a Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design).

Game development company Mighty Kingdom has captured the imaginations of international markets through games developed for entertainment giants such as Lego, Disney and Shopkins. The creations of the company boast over seven million players per month.

Founded in 2011, Mighty Kingdom has long been considered as leaders in the field. A well-deserved reputation for innovation and excellence is evident in accolades such as Studio of the Year at the Australian Game Developer Awards 2019 which has been recognising the heavyweights of the gaming industry for 14 years.

Mighty Kingdom is primed to capitalise on the burgeoning industry and is committed to paving the way for up and coming young creatives with their annual graduate program.

From humble beginnings as a team of two, the development studio now has over 70 employees who deliver innovative game design and innovative mobile solutions through enterprise technology development. The studio is stimulating growth in local employment as well as attracting highly specialised workers to Adelaide, with the advertisement of 16 roles leading to more than 480 applications.

Mighty Kingdom is the anchor tenant at Games Plus, a specialised gaming and tech coworking space, on Pirie Street. The incubator also houses some of the brightest startups making waves in the sector, while indie game developer Team Cherry are situated in the iconic heritage Epworth Building just down the street. Team Cherry’s game Hollow Knight debuted in 2017 to an excited international reception. The game claimed 2nd place for Best Indie Game and 4th place in the Best Original Game category at the 2017 Global Game Awards. To date, Hollow Knight has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.