FeaturedSponsor the 2017 Perth Games Festival!

The Perth Games Festival is now seeking sponsorship!

Previous years have seen thousands of people walk through the doors of the Perth Town Hall to play locally made games, and learn how they can make their own. The festival is a volunteer-run event, and part of what makes it so great is that it’s the result of the community coming together to share local works, and support our growing creative industry. The support of local businesses helps all this happen, so come join us to show what Western Australia has to offer!

What do you get out of being a Sponsor?

In addition to that warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting local creatives, sponsoring the festival has a range of benefits. Depending upon your sponsorship tier you could get yourself a naming-share of the event, direct association with the talks stream, logo placement on our sites and marketing material, or even a half page advertisement in our event programme!

There are of course many other rewards to being a sponsor, so if you’re interested…

Here’s what you need to know:

For all the details on the Sponsorship tiers, check out our 2017 Prospectus!

To apply simply fill out a Sponsorship Agreement Form and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Alternatively, contact these guys if you would like to have a chat first:

Sponsorship Officer Lauren: lauren@letsmakegames.org

Festival Coordinator Brooke: Brooke@letsmakegames.org

We hope you can join us for the 2017 Perth Games Festival!

PGF 2018 Call for Exhibitors!

We’re coming up fast on the end of the year, so we’re happy to announce that applications to exhibit at PGF 2018 are now open!

  • When: Saturday the 24th of November.
  • Where: Perth Town Hall.
  • Why: To play and showcase your games with the public!

Now we’re doing something a little different this year, we have both regular exhibitors and a playtest area.  If you’re a business, established developer or otherwise we’re now simplifying the booths to be  with a table, backing boards and a A0 poster to help showcase your games in the best possible light!  If you’re a student or hobbyist we now have a playtesting area, while you have less space, it’s much cheaper!  Especially if you’re just starting out and want to get involved.

If you’re interested in helping out the festival financially or joining BadgeQuest, we now have a variety of sponsorship options for developers who would like to do so!  Just fill out the form and our sponsorship coordinator will be in touch!

And as always, Let’s Make Games wants to help people participate in the festival, if you would like financial assistance to be a part of the showcase send an email through to exhibitors@letsmakegames.org.

So in summary…

  • If you would like to be a regular exhibitor, click here!
  • If you would like to join the playtest area, click here!

The application deadline is October 26th, and the payment deadline is November 9th.

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival this year!

Paul (Logistics and Exhibitor Coordinator)

Any questions? Just email exhibitors@letsmakegames.org 😀


Sponsors of Awesomeness!

Another successful Perth Games Festival has been had! So we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the brilliant sponsors who have come together to support the event, and keep it awesome and free.  So join us in saying a super big THANK YOU to…


The City of Perth has been amazing and accommodating in helping us make this year’s festival a reality.

We hope we’ve made them proud with our efforts this year, and we always look forward to working with them 🙂 Best City! We love you City of Perth and your beautiful Christmas lights too!

PS- We love the new library too!


Everyone meet Binary Space….

Thanks to this cool bunch of local developers we were able to secure AUSLAN interpreters for our talks and panels, ensuring that our deaf gamers and devs didn’t miss a word!

Binary Space developed the Zombie Outbreak Simulator – which allows you to customize your own zombie apocalypse from thousands of real locations worldwide on Google Maps.

Be sure to come along to Perth Games Festival to see these guys in action as they show us a sneak peak of their new game – A Zombie Adventure.

Gold Sponsor: Binary Space

Thanks again for being this year’s GOLD SPONSOR- you guys are real champs!


Murdoch University offers a wide range of courses such as Game Art and Design, and Games and App Production. You will learn everything you need to know at Murdoch to get your game idea developed and launched to the global market.

Bronze Sponsor: Murdoch University

Murdoch are a BRONZE SPONSOR this year; thanks to them we can ensure our festival is fun and educational.

SAE is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries, with 53 campuses across 27 countries. Their students receive and outstanding education ensuring they are industry ready.

Thanks to their sponsorship this year we know just like their graduates they have helped give us that competitive edge!

Bronze Sponsor: SAE

Thanks for being a BRONZE SPONSOR this year!


GameCloud are the official media partner for the event, connecting with local game developers to bring you all the news on their games, plus interviews, reviews and more.

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GameCloud is an online games media outlet based in Perth, Western Australia. We aim to deliver detailed reviews, features, and original content that is not influenced by profiteering.


You can check out their report on this year’s festival here! : https://gamecloud.net.au/reports/perth-games-festival-2017

Microsoft help us out tangibly by providing a venue for the post-festival “Unconference”, an event for local game developers to discuss their ideas arising from their Perth Games Festival experiences.

This provides valuable networking opportunities in the development community, and strengthens the relationships that already exist. 

Thanks Microsoft for providing your support!

The Nostalgia Box is not only a place to go check out iconic consoles and gaming history, they also host local playtesting events for Playup Perth! Ten happy people snapped up adult passes for this place when they completed Badge Quest this year- certainly the hottest tickets around!

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Nostalgia Box is Australia’s 1st interactive Video Game Console Museum, located in Northbridge. A day at The Nostalgia Box promises new experiences, a loving trip down memory lane, and a crash-course in the history of gaming. This is the perfect opportunity to share your childhood with loved ones or just relive it once more!


Without the contribution of these sponsors, the Perth Games Festival just would not be possible, so we mean it when we say THANK YOU!


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions:

Where can I find the programme/booklet/pamphlet?: HERE 😀

Will there be food and drink for sale at this event?: Nope, but the Perth town hall is bordered by businesses that do, so lunch is just a matter of (safely) crossing the road!

Are the venues air-conditioned? Yes, but if you’re still getting a bit hot you can likely find more comfort in the City of Perth Library 🙂 

Can I eat and drink in the venues?: Yes, you can consume food and drink in both the Perth Town Hall and City of Perth Library Auditorium. We request that you exercise courtesy and avoid eating and drinking while playing games and handling any merchandise though. Alert a volunteer/exhibitor if a spill occurs- honesty and safety are valued highly 🙂

What happens if my small child doesn’t collect all of the Badge Quest badges and still wants a prize (and is threatening to disturb the peace!)?: Speak to the nice volunteers at the Welcome Desk and they’ll see if they have a suitable consolation prize/peace offering.

Who is in charge around here?: That depends on where “here” is:

First Floor of town hall: Jon Hayward (Festival Organiser) 043 898 1317

Ground Floor of town hall/Welcome Desk: Brooke Longville (Festival Coordinator) 040 747 2312

Talks and Podcasts: Colton Onderwater

Miscellaneous: Paul Geronimos (Logistics and Exhibitor Coordinator) 0401 179 756

Miscellaneous: Aaran Giquel (Volunteer Coordinator) 0414 940 599

City of Perth Library Auditorium: Wesley Lamont (Board Game aficionado)

Any one of these fine people should be able to assist you with your query, either directly or indirectly.

Help, I’ve lost my child/parent/property!: Please proceed to the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor of the Perth Town Hall and speak to the nice volunteers there 🙂

Will there be games and such things to purchase? Yes, at some selected booths  (The Nostalgia Box, Banishment, COGZ{in the Library Auditorium with Wesley Lamont}). However, most of the booths are showing games that are not yet commercially available; these developers will be happy to see people trying out their creations!

What happens when the Badge Quest badges run out? Alas, the badges are limited, so when they’re gone, that’s it! Be an early bird if you’re worried about missing out.

My child (or I) would like to get involved in making games too!: That’s great! The Welcome Desk folks can point out some good booths for you to visit and websites to check out. Letsmakegames.org is a great place to start- follow us on Facebook to stay in touch!





Badge Quest Returns! Heck Yes!

The Badge Quest is back again, giving you the chance to win prizes just by playing games! Around the Perth Games Festival a number of developers have exclusive festival badges for you to collect – here’s what you need to know to get your badges and win some awesome things.

How does it work?

The Badge Quest is free to take part in; here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  • Grab a programme to help you locate the eight badge booths (including the library auditorium!)
  • Play games/do challenges at the badge booths to earn a badge for each one (a total of 8),
  • Return to the Welcome Desk to show them all the badges…

What can you win?

We once again have an excellent range of prizes available for you to choose from, including lots of games, tickets, and books for both adults and kids on making games, coding and art. Prizes are limited though, so be sure to get in early and get playing so you can have your pick of the best!

Here are some of the super cool prizes on offer…

Nostalgia Box Retro GamesGet yourself a family pass to The Nostalgia Box, and check out over 100 consoles from the 1970s through to the 2000s. Plus you can actually play iconic and awesome games, including Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot and many more. This is a great way to go behind the scene and uncover the ‘making’ of present-day consoles as you read the stories of each console. You are sure to find most if not all consoles from you childhood as well as many you have never seen before.



  • Books on games and how to make them! (Thanks to Boffins for the mates rates)


  • Cool headphones for kids! (colourful and volume-limited for keeping their ears safe!)


  • Minecraft guide books and loot!

Minecraft is a great creative outlet for young and old- it’s like Lego bricks you can’t step on by accident! (Unless you get Minecraft Lego… then you’re on your own 😉 )

Explore basics of design, electronics, logistics, survival, organisation and fun! It really is a gateway to so many things 🙂


  • Colouring books, activity books, crayons, pencils and textas for our youngest fans!

  • Vouchers for EB Games, iTunes, Google Play Store and Steam

  • Heaps more cool stuff!


Just head on over to the Welcome Desk to get everything you need to know, and a look at the cool items you have to choose from.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Festival Volunteers


Shoutout to The Nostalgia Box for their prize contributions, and of course our other epic sponsors

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City of Perth

Binary Space

Murdoch University


Panels, Podcasts and Boardgames, Oh My!

We still have so many exciting announcements for you, so today we’re packing a few into one post. As a quick run down before you get into the full post:

  1. Our full lineup of four talks and panels (all AUSLAN-interpreted)
  2. Two live podcasts on the main stage!
  3. Boardgames, playtesting and chillaxing at the City of Perth Library!

tl; dr: Download the full programme here if you like 😉

Now on to the full details! We are pleased to let you know that this year…

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The Festival will be run across the Perth Town Hall and the City of Perth Library


Here are the key details you need to know your way around:

In Perth Town Hall you will find

  • The Welcome desk and beginning of the Badge Quest
  • A huge selection of games on both floors
  • The Mature games on the ground floor
  • Panels and Talks in the Supper Room (with AUSLAN Interpreters!)
  • Live podcasts on the main stage

In the Auditorium of the City of Perth Library there will be:

  • Wesley Lamont, Creator of COGZ, teaching games and chaperoning
  • Board games and card games old and new
  • Playtesting/demonstration of new games currently in development
  • Relaxation space

Next up, here is everything you need to know about the Talks and Panels for the Perth Games Festival!

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The full Talks and Panel schedule is now available below, and Auslan Interpreters will be present at them all!


The full Talks listing (taking place in the Supper Room of the Perth Town Hall) is as follows:

10:30AM – 11.30AM
A Chat with Morgan Jaffit

Morgan Jaffit – Director of Defiant Development
Brad Power – Games and Design Lecturer at Murdoch University

Morgan Jaffit has worked in numerous game development studios in Australia including Irrational and Pandemic. Now as the co-founder and director of Defiant Development in Brisbane he has helped bring Ski Safari, Heroes Call, Hand of Fate and most recently the acclaimed and award winning Hand of Fate 2 into our hands. Join us as we talk with Morgan on getting your game out into the world, working with talented developers and creating great games.

11.45PM – 12:45PM
Immersive Sound and Music for VR in FMOD Studio

Josh Hogan Sound Designer and Composer at Soundbyte Studios/ Sandbox Postproduction
Shaun Sandosham – Sound Designer and Composer at Soundbyte Studios /Sandbox Postproduction

Showcasing the soon to be released VR experience “Thalu: The Buried” from Frame VR, Josh and Shaun show you through the nuts and bolts of how FMOD Studio was used to create an immersive and powerful soundtrack. FMOD allows Sound Designers and Musicians to work ‘under the bonnet’ in popular game engines like Unity and Unreal, without the need for a deep scripting knowledge. We’ll look at things like positional 3D binaural sounds, generative music soundtracks that shift with the mood of the experience, as well as complex audio assets that are highly interactive.

LUNCH BREAK (45mins)
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Worldbuilding with The Page

Anthony Sweet – Lead Designer and Writer at Black Lab Games
Ben White – Author and Game Designer
Jacob Janerka – Creator of ‘Paradigm’
Leah Hayward – Crichton- Geologist BSc (Hons)

‘The Page’ is a monthly meetup for interactive writers, game designers, screenwriters and narrative mechanics discussion, and is bringing some of their insights and observations on
World building to Perth Games Festival! With discussion ranging from games attendees have recently played, to projects they are working on, and in-depth analysis of narrative design, The Page is fun opportunity to talk about a common interest in writing and games!

2.45PM – 3.45PM
From Player to Developer

Brad Power – Games and Design Lecturer at Murdoch University
Arsam Samadi – Game Developer at Numbat Byte Games
Sophie Ambrose – Game Creator at Spiral Atlas
Kimberly Larking – Creative Genius at Dark Mirror Games

It has never been easier to get started making games, but with a world full of resources, where do you begin? Our panelists will share their experiences of getting into game development, along with advice for aspiring developers, plus some tips and tricks they have picked up along the way. Whether you have played games your entire life or are just getting started, there’s no reason to stop you from making them too!

auslan_icon   AUSLAN Interpreters from the WA Deaf Society:

Adrian Chia and Christy Filipich

We have two LIVE podcasts recording and broadcasting on the main stage of the Perth Town Hall:

11.30AM – 12.30PM
Pixel Sift

Pixel Sift is a fortnightly podcast based in Western Australia that discusses and analyses the issues and topics making the news in the world of gaming, for both players and game
developers. Each episode features interviews with indie developers from Australia, New Zealand and the world and we ask them; Why do you make games, what does it take to
make a game, and what have you learnt along the way.

1.00PM – 2.00PM
It’s 7LandHand!

Live recorded show of our fortnightly gaming podcast. Featuring Magic the Gathering, board gaming, war gaming, gaming, movie discussion, geek culture and more. Entertaining,
funny, informative and sponsored by Good Games Australia and run out of Good Games Cannington. Our back catalogue of shows (nearly 4 years worth) can be found on iTunes or on our website.

PS- I hear they will have prizes!

And last, but by no means least, for the first time ever, a dedicated space for chilling out and playing some games:

With COGZ creator Wesley Lamont as your host, try your hand at playtesting some new board and card games currently in development!

Browse (and even learn to play) a wide range of games featuring local stars and inspirational favourites that have made board gaming the popular activity it is today!

Relax away from the hustle and bustle of the town hall 🙂

A lot to take in? Download the programme here 😀


If you have any questions, please contact our Festival Coordinator brooke@letsmakegames.org

And of course, we would like to thank the City of Perth for their outstanding ongoing support, and our other amazing sponsors for helping us organise this festival:

*Gold Sponsor*

Binary Space                                Gold Sponsor: Binary Space

*Bronze Sponsors*

Murdoch University                     Bronze Sponsor: Murdoch University

SAE QANTM                                     Bronze Sponsor: SAE

Without the contribution of these sponsors, the Perth Games Festival just would not be possible, so we mean it when we say THANK YOU!

Call for Exhibitors!

As the date is approaching, we are happy to announce that applications for PGF 2017 exhibitors are finally open! We invite you to join us on Saturday, the 25th of November at Perth Town Hall for the 2017 Perth Games Festival!

The application deadline is October 30th, and the payment deadline is November 6th. Any other questions about the event which are not answered in the application can be sent to paul@letsmakegames.org.

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival this year.

Paul (Logistics and Exhibitor Coordinator) and Brooke (Festival Coordinator)

Any questions? Just email Paul@letsmakegames.org and/or Brooke@letsmakegames.org 😀

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We Need You!

Hello Everyone,

This is a call out for additional people to be assisting us with this year’s Perth Games Festival on the committee.  The festival’s showcase day will be on the 25th of November at the Perth Town Hall but we have events surrounding that day.  

If you are unsure and do not have the experience, we are willing to work with you to show you what needs to be done.  You just need to have spare time on a regular basis leading up to the event.

We are in need of people in the following areas;

Sponsorship Officer

In charge of speaking with potential sponsors, finding sponsorship opportunities and ensuring PGF is implementing the sponsorship correctly.

Marketing Manager

Does working with graphic designers, advertising distributors, media sources and facebook sound up your alley? We need someone willing to help design and wrangle our marketing program.

Volunteer Coordinator

We need someone wanting to help handle the masses of awesome people who help us out each year.  Make sure the volunteers are well informed, fed and looked after for any of the events we run.

If you’re interested drop a line to jon@letsmakegames.org

p.s: pictured are the amazing Jess and Cassie, our Festival Coordinator and Exhibitor Wrangler for 2016.

And we Return for 2017

It’s been a slow road to preparing the 2017 Perth Game Festival, but now thanks to the City of Perth, we’re happy to announce that we will be back at the Perth Town Hall and Perth Library on…

2017 Perth Games Festival
Saturday, November 25th

Last year’s event was rather intense with fantastic local developers like; Stirfire on stage demonstrating Symphony of the Machine; Outback Pixels packing them in with Thwart Geo, Sentient Computing letting us peek at their serious VR and students from all over showing their amazing games.

Now we’re back and working to make this year amazing.  We’ve got a bunch of exciting things lined up already but we can’t talk about that yet. The weather should be better this year enabling us to do more things outside.  Also there’s no sportsball finals scheduled to coincide, let alone two like last year 😉

So what do you need to know?

Are you a game playing enthusiast?  You can jump on our facebook event right now and be reminded when we get closer to the event!

Are you a game developer or organisation who would like to showcase or be involved with the festival?  Fill out the Expression of Interest form here and we’ll be in contact.

Finally, are you someone who would like to help out the community?  We always need people to help us run this year’s event.  You can ping us at hello@perthgamesfestival.com.au to join our team.

Thanks again for your continued support and watch this space as we organise this year’s festival. It’s going to be a blast!