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Next level gaming

31 Aug 2016

By Rhianna Busler

Docklands is now home to Australia’s largest games development headquarters, Electronic Arts’ Firemonkeys studio.

Firemonkeys is one of the biggest players in the global market in Australian games.

The company was established in 2012 when global games giant EA games merged the two independent Australian studios, Firemint and IronMonkey.

The studio creates cutting edge mobile games, including bestsellers such as The Sims, Free Play, Need for Speed: No Limits and Real Racing 3.

Incorporating new virtual reality technologies, Firemonkeys is taking mobile gaming to a whole new level.

Growing out of its former offices on St Kilda Rd, Firemonkeys has recently taken a new home at 720 Bourke St, Docklands.

“It signals our commitment to Melbourne, which we believe is the creative heart of the mobile gaming industry in Australia – and increasingly at a global level too,” said Firemonkeys general manager Tony Lay.

Melbourne is home to almost half of Australia’s game developers with 107 development studios already in place.

It comes as no surprise that Victoria is also leading the way in games education with about 1000 students graduating annually from games-related tertiary courses.

The Victorian Minister of Creative Industries, Martin Foley, said: “The expansion of Australia’s leading games company – and its continued success – will mean more jobs for local developers so Victoria can continue to keep and attract the world’s best talent.”

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