The Australian video game industry has suffered blow after blow
over the past few years, having lost approximately half of its workforce and a number of its major development studios since 2008. Fortunately, Australian state officials have passed a bill which, when it goes into effect next month, will provide a $1.9 billion tax break
for game developers to spend on research and development.
It's wonderful that the country's leaders are doing something to help revive Australia's floundering game development scene -- though we're a bit surprised that certain government representatives
didn't try to attach an amendment to the bill, saying that the money could only be used to develop games about hugging
. (Snark aside, that game actually sounds awesome. Please make that game.)