In supporting the Philippine game development industry in various fora here and abroad, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) strategically positions the Philippines to become the leading game development hub and offshore destination in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Together with the Board of Investments (BOI), the DTI is persistently promoting the Philippines as a viable investment location for international game development companies, game-related services, and offshore studios,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said.

USEC manaloAfter supporting the game development industry’s participation in the External Development Summit (XDS) held in Canada and its annual Philippine Game Festival in the Philippines, the DTI and BOI are now preparing for the industry’s participation in the Global Game Exhibition (G-STAR 2014) this November in Busan, Korea. G-Star is an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

“We were invited by the ASEAN-Korea Center (AKC) to promote Philippine game software in the Korean market and provide business networking opportunities between local companies and Korean buyers at the ASEAN Pavilion of the G-STAR this year,” Manalo said.

The Philippine delegation will be composed of officials and staff of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Seoul and the BOI, as well as company members of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) and Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI).

“In this upcoming event in Korea, we intend to pursue business development initiatives of the industry, and represent the various Philippine game development services such as art, animation, programming, and support services,” Manalo said.

Early this year, the DTI gathered top Japanese game development companies in the Philippines to explore potential business opportunities in the country.

“In supporting and promoting the country’s game development industry, we are mainly banking on potentials of the strong, promising and globally competitive industry as well as the technologically-savvy, passionate and creative talent pool,” Manalo said.

“With the right help and support, I really believe that this can be a sector which can drive the economy forward. It provides good and high quality jobs fit for Filipinos who are highly skilled and with a lot of talent,” observed Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV during the recent Philippine Game Festival.

Aquino added that this industry can really take the country forward, and there is one thing very clear: where GDAP (or the game development industry) is now is where the call industry was 10 to 15 ago.

“Recently, we have been trying to make some waves with GDAP, DTI and BOI. We have been courting some of these large studios to come to the Philippines. So far, what we have are contacts for outsourced work. Aside from outsourced work, we want to want to create our own games here,” Aquino said.