November 1, 2009
The Singapore government has identified the interactive digital media industry as a key economic growth area, one it hopes will create 10,000 new, well-paying jobs by 2015. The republic’s good telecommunications infrastructure, strong intellectual property regime and government support contribute to this growth. Japanese studio Koei has invested about S$3 million since 2005 to develop its Romance of the Three Kingdoms title, launched recently. German outfit Real U and Taiwan’s SoftWorld are expected to release massively multiplayer online (MMO) game titles within the next few years, according to the Economic Development Board (EDB). To gear up for this, talent is being rapidly developed. In September, the renowned US-based DigiPen Institute of Technology, whose programmes focus on teaching skills required to create video games, set up shop in Singapore and took in its first batch of 60 students. As for local institutions, the National University of Singapore has set aside S$11 million to start an IDM institute, and the polytechnics also provide games-related courses.