Buzz from the Beehive
It’s a toss-up to decide which is more unnecessary – the investment of $2.25 million of public money in an industry which has almost doubled its revenue over the past year or the drafting and legislating of a bill to have things done that could be done without a statute.
The investment is in the rapidly growing game development sector. The latest data from the New Zealand Game Developers Association shows the total revenue for the industry is $407 million, compared to $276 million a year ago.
But hey. The government can’t stand by and let so much of this development take place in the city of Dunedin.
The public therefore is being called on to chip in to spread the workload to other centres.
This will be done by establishing a new trough: the $2.25 million will help to establish new regional hubs to provide contestable grants and skills development to game development studios across the country. Continue reading “Too much fun is coming out of Otago – so the govt has put $2.25m into a trough for other regions to have a lick”