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Game dev’t  could follow
BPO's success – Aquino

MANILA -- Senator Bam Aquino said he believes the local game development industry could duplicate, if not surpass, the success of the country's business process outsourcing industry in terms of job generation.

"The local game development industry is where the BPO industry was maybe 10 to 15 years ago," Aquino said during the Philippine Game Festival yesterday at SMX in Pasay City.

"There is a big potential to create high-quality, high-paying jobs for creative and innovative Filipinos."

Aquino stressed that Filipino gamers are equipped with the needed technical proficiency and artistry that put them at par with their foreign counterparts.

The senator is currently working with the Board of Investments (BOI) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to help promote the game development industry abroad and attract possible investors.

Currently, the Game Developers Association of the Philippines said there are around 60 studios in the Philippines with a total of approximately 3,500 employees.

The GDAP has a target of 15,000 game professionals nationwide by 2016.*PNA

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