I missed this fairly recent press release from Micro Forte who are celebrating a whopping 22 years in the games industry. That's a pretty incredible achievement and very worthy of much applause.
Congratulations Micro Forte, here's to another 22! o_O
(Canberra, AUSTRALIA): - Micro Forté has celebrated 22 years in the games development industry, making them the oldest surviving Australian games studio. As one of Australia’s most recognised game developers, Micro Forté attributes their success to adaptability, innovation and gaining support from key individuals and government bodies that have recognised the potential of their ambitions and offered ongoing support.
“We have received enormous support from our staff, the business community and various levels of Government” observed Stephen Harris, Chief Financial Officer “The support given to us particularly by AusIndustry has been outstanding. As a company negotiating the various legalities and potential traps of exporting a product, we could not have achieved the success we have without their continued support”.
From their first title, developed on a Commodore 64 in their Sydney flat, to their more recent work on massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) in their Canberra and Sydney Studios, Micro Forté has proven itself as a company with longevity, passion and a focus on innovative and unique concepts.
CEO, and co-founder John De Margheriti said “We are not the biggest Australian studio, and we haven’t developed the biggest game titles either, our success lies in the innovative and ground breaking products that we choose to work on. Despite the significant challenges throughout the life of the business, we have continued to be innovative, adapting the business and exploring new ideas. We are true survivors in a lucrative, though challenging industry and it is worth celebrating!”
Micro Forté’s fearless exploration into the future of gaming led them to develop and conceptualise BigWorld Technology™, a leading MMOG middleware solution on a global scale. The innovative technology is now a company in its own right [BigWorld Pty Ltd] and Micro Forté have focused their attention on developing client MMOG titles using BigWorld Technology™.