San Francisco, California (April 3, 2014) - A delegation from the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) attended the Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC 14) and Game Connection America, two of the largest game industry events worldwide, in San Francisco from March 16-21, 2014. This year’s event sets a record attendance of 24,000 industry professionals. Representing GDAP at GDC are Christine Rom of PODD, JD Abenaza of Zeenoh Games, Andrea Levinge of White Widget and Ranulf Goss, MINT College. While in San Francisco, the group held a series of meetings with SV companies and organizations to discuss ways to promote the Philippine game industry in the US.

GDC1 GDAP members at GDC 2014 gdc2 GDAP members with Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon and Rosalie Say, PTIC-SV

In a meeting with the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-SV (PTIC-SV), the team discussed prevailing business models among game studios in the Philippines, current needs in terms of support, as well as strategies in promoting Filipino games and startups at the GDC in 2015. DCG Ascalon affirmed PCG and PTIC’s full commitment towards supporting GDAP’s efforts and discussed areas of possible support from the San Francisco Posts. The meetings closed with an agreement to prepare an outline of initiatives meant to promote GDAP’s events in the US, expand the Philippines’ attendance at the GDC in 2015, open opportunities for funding and investment for Filipino game startups, and many more.

gdc3 Post-GDC Wrap Up meeting with PCG and PTIC-SV gdc4 GDAP members with STAC=SV President, Christina Laskowski

To provide a more in-depth understanding of the Silicon Valley tech scene, PTIC arranged discussions between GDAP and SV-based Fil-Am entrepreneurs JR Calanoc, One Virtual Source CEO and Christina Laskowski, Science and Technology Advisory Council –Silicon Valley (STAC-SV) President. Both Calanoc and Laskowski shared insights on Silicon Valley entrepreneurial landscape, angel/VC investment activities and trends in Silicon Valley, strategies when pitching, and useful networks that can help startups move forward with finding investment for their games and startup ideas.

The delegation capped their visit with a tour of Google’s and Facebook’s headquarters in Mountain View and Menlo Park California, where they had their first-hand look at two of the world’s leading venues for innovation.

“This was a uniquely inspiring trip and a very helpful one,” says Christine Rom, GDAP Board Member and this year’s delegation lead.

“We intend to promote the Philippines not just as outsourcing destination, but also as a country of innovators. Right now there is little incentive for developing new concepts and ideas. It’s a pity given high levels of creativity that exist among developers in the country. We need to encourage more startups and push the creation of more original content and innovative games. Conditions must exist to pave the way for this. The support of PTIC and the Philippine Consulate provided us with a needed boost. Now we go home with a better vision of what must be done,” Rom explains further.

About GDAP. GDAP was established in 2007 as an industry association promoting the interests of the Philippine game development industry. Its members, mostly local and multinational companies with presence in the Philippines, create games and publish interactive content for various platforms. For more information visit, www.gdap.org.ph

About PTIC. The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley is the Commercial Section of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in the US Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. For more information visit,

www.investphilippines.org/siliconvalley

About Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco. The Consulate is guided by the Philippines’ national development goals and objectives. The Consulate General in San Francisco covers Northern California, Northern Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Alaska. For more information,

www.philippinessanfrancisco.org