Gaming entrepreneur

Gaming entrepreneur

QUT graduate and former senior electronic games design lecturer Dr Penny Sweetser is finding success through entrepreneurship. Dr Sweetser, with her husband Jay Kyburz, has been funded by Screen Australia and Screen ACT with a $250,000 grant to develop a new strategy game Blight of the Immortals.

Her iOS puzzle game Cauldron Quest: A Witch’s Tale, which enables young players to mix potions, cast spells and use other ‘witchy skills’, has been launched in nine languages.

Dr Sweetser said now was a great time to be an independent game developer.

“There’s a multitude of tools and platforms to use to get your game directly to your consumers, without the need for a publisher or distributor,” she said.

“For the same reason, it is also very competitive and players have high expectations. The government funding we’ve received has been a tremendous help.”

Dr Sweetser has a PhD in games development. Her book Emergence in Games was published in 2007 by Thomson.