Australia's video game developer and publisher trade bodies to merge

Date Type Companies involved Size
February 14th, 2020 acquisition Not disclosed
Australia's video game developer and publisher trade bodies to merge

The Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) and the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) have announced that they will be merging.

In a post on the IGEA's website, the organisation announced that the two trade bodies will be coming under the IGEA name, following that organisation buying out the GDAA.

“This is a vision our respective Boards have shared for some time and we are thrilled to be formalising our working arrangement," IGEA chair Edward Fong (pictured) said.

“The advocacy, lobbying and stakeholder engagement tasks for both associations are many and varied and IGEA’s Board and our members believe that together, we will be stronger and deliver greater value to our industry members.”

GDAA chair Daniel Visser added: “The Australian game development industry has moved beyond the rebuild phase that was required post the GFC and into a phase of maturity, consolidation and growth. The industry and community are in a good place, recognised and admired internationally, and ready for the next phase of expansion. It makes sense to formally combine our respective efforts and unite to build a sustainable and vibrant industry operating in the world’s most popular entertainment medium.”

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