The Emerging Game Development Sector in the Philippines
by: Sarah Joson
Friday, July 27, 2012
Category: Outsourcing News
The Philippines has made a name for itself in the business process outsourcing (BPO) arena. Apart from besting other countries as the top destination for voice-based processes, Filipino BPO workers are being recognized for their work in the healthcare, back office, and even game development segments.
Although game development outsourcing is fairly new to the country, Filipino talent is not to be mocked as more and more Filipinos are making a mark in the game development world. Take for instance this popular game in Facebook called Wordtrotter by Gil De Palma, a proud Filipino game designer/developer. It may not be in the levels of more popular role playing games (RPGs) such as DOTA and World of Warcraft, but being able to infiltrate one of the largest social media websites in the world is enough of a feat.
As the demographic of computer users becomes expansive, game development companies look for other ways to market to each niche. There are educational games, games that are based on sports, strategic ones, and let’s not forget the violent segment where players will be required to eradicate opponents.
Filipinos are inherently conservative and open minded, which can be traced back to influences from Spain and the US. Yes, Filipinos are aware of all the latest and popular games out in the market today. They are also aware of which gadgets they could use or which will give them the maximum gaming experience. However, some game developers in the country fail to see windows of opportunities. For instance, there are gamers who are conservative and there are those who have tried everything out in the market. An example is the Bible-based role playing games as suggested by Manila Archbishop Antonio Tagle to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Majority of the Filipinos belong to the Catholic community, so having an educational, Bible-based game seems pretty enticing, especially for kids and grandparents.
Other sources of opportunities for the local game development sector are countries that are looking for candidates to fill their game development positions. Nonetheless, with the Philippines’ talented game developers, the country may be next in line as the leader of the game development outsourcing segment.