The digital industry and why we should all be working in it

According to the Game Developers Association of Australia, nearly  $A40.9 billion dollars of interactive video games were sold worldwide in 2002.

Back home, Australians spent $825 million in 2002 on games software and hardware, which increases annually, and 88 per cent of homes have a device for playing computer or video games.

This data alone is an excellent reason why keen writers, designers and developers should start looking at ways into this field of opportunity.

According to SA Writers Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Jones, it’s big business and a lot of minds and talent go into the making of games and other digital narrative channels.

“The success of Writing Australia’s Digital Writer in Residence, Fee Plumley’s recent project reallybigroadtrip, and today’s announcement of the new SA-made game Hexiled which saw more than two million plays in ten days, are confirmation that South Australians are hungry to make headway in the digital industry.”

“The maturing infrastructure to support this field means that richer digital stories are being produced and will only continue to expand. As sophisticated digital stories start to infiltrate the industry, it’s time for people to up-skill to meet the demands of the market,” Jones said.

SA Writers Centre are offering a two day intensive masterclass in Adelaide, called The Digital Writers Room, which will be presented by award winning transmedia writer, designer and director, Christy Dena.

The masterclass is aimed at writers working in the digital space, especially those working with interactive stories, gaming, experimental narratives and other digital, collaborative writing projects.

It is also directed towards people interested in improvisational theatre and interacting with audiences.

SA Writers Centre Director, Sarah Tooth believes the masterclass is a space where successful projects can be developed.

“Not only will participants get to meet people in the industry, it’s a unique opportunity to be in a room full of similar people with complementary skills. This is where new projects and collaborations are often born. Who knows? In a year from now we may be hearing about an innovative product that began in The Digital Writers’ Room,” she said.

WHEN:    23 and 24 August
TIME:       10am – 4pm daily
WHERE:  SA Writers Centre
2nd Floor 187 Rundle Street Adelaide

Story by Libby Parker

Feature image from SA Writers Centre website