The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and its industry partners will present at the National Science and Technology Week July 23-27, 2013 more information on the country’s game development industry. This is to help drive the Philippines into the league of top providers of game developers in the world in the following years.

DOST-ICTO believes this can be done as it starts and sustains several programs to attract the youth and enhance their skills to several levels. The agency is also mapping out strategies to attract stakeholders to invest in establishing game development companies in rural areas. If done, the U$50-million outsourced projects in 2012 could be surpassed this year, according DOST-ICTO deputy executive director Monchito Ibrahim.

“With an estimated 4,000 workers that are currently in the industry, the Game Development Association of the Philippines (GDAP) is targeting to increase this number to 10,000 by 2015 and hopes to reach 15,000 workers in three years,” Ibrahim said.

Forums that encourage the youth and other interested individuals to pursue careers on game development, as well as in other fields of the IT-BPO sector will be held July 25, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Through career talks, speakers from the industry share their knowledge and experience on the industry, including several career options for aspiring game developers.

Further, in collaboration with various local ICT councils, DOST-ICTO will be scheduling series of road shows within the year to promote the IT-BPO industry. One of the objectives is to introduce the other fields of the Information Technology Business Process Management (formerly known as Business Process Outsourcing) industry which, aside from the already popular call centers, has other services that can offer career opportunities, including game development. Other job opportunities up for the taking include programmer/developer, game producer, QA analyst/tester, game designer, artist (2D/3D0, animator/rigger, art producer, sound engineer and game manager/community support.

Also featured in the DOST-ICTO series of road shows are the exhibits of several games and mobile applications made by Filipinos. Ibrahim said that the activities are designed to encourage the youth, especially high school students to take IT and other computer-related courses, and present to them the wealth of opportunities available in this industry.

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