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    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ros Bates

    State Library a Hot Spot for Gamers

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ros Bates

    Thursday, December 06, 2012

    State Library a Hot Spot for Gamers

    Calling all gamers – the State Library of Queensland at the Cultural Centre, Brisbane, needs you to play the latest Queensland-made video and mobile games at a special new exhibition.

    Acting Arts Minster John-Paul Langbroek said the Library will showcase the latest from local game developers at Garage Gamer, a free exhibition from 5 January–14 April 2013.

    “Queensland is home to some of Australia’s most successful game developers, as well as many independent developers making their mark internationally,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “Brisbane-based Halfbrick Studios mobile game Fruit Ninja is on one-third of all US iphones.

    “So it makes sense to encourage our local gamers to have fun at Garage Gamer, and play the latest video and mobile games created by Halfbrick, Defiant Development, Curious Bear, Disparity Games, Visual Outbreak and others.

    “The action-packed program features more than a dozen creative workshops for all ages and abilities, special after-hours game nights, talks and conversations, a trivia night led by infamous games journalist Yahtzee, and an album launch with the world’s first videogame musician, 7Bit Hero.”

    Mr Langbroek said the Australian gaming sector, valued at $2.5 billon (2011/12) by the IBISWorld Industry Report on Video Games in Australia, is a growing industry, with Queensland accounting for approximately 17 per cent of the national market.

    “It’s exciting to see the creativity and diversity of these locally created games, and to be able to showcase this sector in our State Library – a place dedicated to sharing the stories and achievements of Queenslanders,” he said.

    “The Newman Government is dedicated to fostering an innovative, creative environment in Queensland, where companies like our leading games developers can flourish. The gaming sector is a great example of arts, innovation and technology working in partnership to create world class product.”

    For more information on Garage Gamer visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the full program of activities.

    [ENDS] 6 December 2012
    Media contact:     Alex Bernard     0417 252 563