Melbourne’s credentials as Australia’s digital games heartland reached a new level today with the launch of Australia’s largest games development headquarters, Electronic Arts’ Firemonkeys studio in Docklands.
Firemonkeys is one of the biggest players in Australian games. Born through the merger of two independent Australian studios, Firemint and IronMonkey, the company was established when global games giant EA Games acquired both studios and brought them together in 2012.
The studio now creates cutting edge mobile games for the global market including bestsellers such as The Sims Free Play, Need for Speed: No Limits and Real Racing 3.
The studio is currently trailblazing the next generation of mobile games including creating games that incorporate virtual reality technologies.
Since the companies came together, the mobile gaming industry has grown exponentially – as has the studio.
With 170 employees, the team had outgrown its former offices on St Kilda Road and the new headquarters will allow Firemonkeys to attract and retain the best talent and increase its technical capacity in the years ahead.
Melbourne is home to almost half of Australia’s game developers with 107 development studios ranging from leading global companies to independent boutique developers.
Victoria also leading the way in games education with approximately 1,000 students graduating from games-related tertiary courses annually.