PH, Japan ink deal to boost game dev?t industry

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Photo credit: Toei Animation Philippines Photo credit: Toei Animation Philippines[/caption] At a conference titled ?Game and Creative Contents Networking Philippines 2014? held in Makati City recenly, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo Jr. said the partnership aims build the capacity of local game development stakeholders to compete in the global arena. Manalo said the Philippines is now the third largest source of game development and animation outsourcing in the world, next to India and South Korea. Japanese animation firms such as Animation Philippines has been in the country for the last two decades. He also said the game development and animation industry in the Philippines is expected to be one of the largest growing sub-sectors of the country?s IT-enabled services segment and estimated to sustain double-digit growth rates in the next few years. Manalo the country?s young labor force is the key for the Philippine game development sector to compete in the global market. ?We credit this sophistication to the highly trainable and creative talent we have in our country who thrives in an environment that is evenly and uniquely balanced from its familiarity with the East and West,? he said. According to the DTI official, game developers can make the Philippines their hub by outsourcing their need of English-proficient workers in order to become more globally competitive. ?We have English proficiency, and it has been an advantage for us in terms of companies wanting to locate in the Philippines,? Manalo said. A report by research firm Markets and Markets noted ?the youthful talent pool [in the Philippines] has dynamism, technical savvy, discipline, adventurism and ability to think outside the box. [The Philippines] is in a good position to provide both workers and solutions for companies aiming to capture global animation and gaming markets.? — PNA ]]>

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