Back in 2008, I created an article on the origins of Australian game developers which displayed some charts showing the links between various game companies that have spawned off from each other. It was fairly well received and was even used as a base by researchers interested in this kind of information.
A whole lot has happened since 2008 for the local industry including the global financial crisis and the incredible rise of indie games development, but sadly our article hasn't been updated to reflect the changes and all the new studios and indies that have popped up in the last four years.
Well, we're updating it now, and you can help out too if you like! We've made a simple Google Docs spreadsheet which can be editable by anybody and anyone can download the data as an Excel or PDF etc file to do what they like with it. Just click on the link at the end of this article and you're on your way! Adding additions is simple - put the parent company in the right and side of the table, and the child company that has spawned off it on the left. The child company *must* have been formed by an ex-employee/s of the parent company!
We're also wanting students to add their company as well! If you're from QUT, Qantm, AIE etc, and you've formed an indie group with fellow students, then we'd love to have your start-up listed with your educational institution as the parent.