Mad Carnival Entertainment Director, Samantha Ramlu, says the New Zealand-based gaming company started developing a relationship with a large social platform last year, and began discussing the potential for games on their platform. Unfortunately, because it’s so market sensitive, she can’t reveal the details.
“It’s quite exciting to be able to get this opportunity where we’re able to look at something that’s going to be quite new for this platform,” said Ramlu.
The Auckland company has just set up a Dunedin based satellite studio with support from the Centre of Digital Excellence, otherwise known as CODE. Ramlu says the CODE program offers funding that isn’t available anywhere else in New Zealand. It’s only been running for around a year in a half, but in that time, 19 studios and almost 70 jobs have been created or supported.
CODE is funded by Kānoa the government’s Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit. Based in Dunedin, it aims to expand New Zealand’s burgeoning video gaming industry.
“The aim is by 2025 that this sector will be exporting around $1 billion worth of product,” said Kānoa’s Kate Styles.
That goal is on track – the industry exported $276 million in product over the past year alone.
(All information was provided by 1News)
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