Japanese game developers eye PH for expansion – DTI


A Japanese delegation of game development companies will visit Philippines in mid-May to look into business opportunities here, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotions Group (TIPG) Ponciano Ma–nalo Jr. said.

Manalo said foreign com–panies in the game development industry are eying Philippines as a site for their expansion plans.

The DTI official has said the game development industry here is one of the sectors he wanted to promote in the international market.

On the other hand, Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) president Alvin Juban revealed that this Japanese delegation is com–posed of 50 businessmen from 20 companies.

Juban noted that among the delegates are some of the biggest names in game development industry in Japan such as Namco Bandai Games, Capcom, and Sega.

According to him, this is the first time the country will receive this number of dele–gates looking for opportunities in the game development industry here.

Their visit was organized by Nikkei Publishing in cooperation with GDAP,DTI and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Ju–ban added.

The delegation team here will join a plenary session and a business matching session with local game development companies.

”The game development industry in Japan now is saturated and they need to expand. They are now looking to expand in their neighboring countries and are seeking skills supplies from a Westernized culture. Among Asian coun–tries, it is very obvious that Philippines is close to Japan and has a Westernized culture,” Juban stressed.

As an organization she–pherding the game development industry here, GDAP believes that foreign companies setting up their studio in the Phi–lippines will help the local industry to acquire the necessary technology and skills to further improve the game development sector in the country.



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