The Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore has established The Games Creation Community (GCC), an initiative is hosted by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and aimed at creating a hub for the Games industry in Singapore.
Physically located in NYP’s Digital Media Design Center, the GCC is designed to bring together game developers, publishers, middleware tools providers, console makers, mobile aggregators, telecom companies and venture capitalists to assist the industry in the creation, production, financing and distribution of interactive entertainment.
As the host of GCC, NYP, through its partnerships, will provide a holistic and supportive environment for innovative games development. Members of the GCC will have access to NYPs advanced IT infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as its pool of design students and digital animation and game design professionals. The polytechnic will also promote ongoing professional development by providing training programs and customized courses.
Singapore Telecom, Starhub, Pacific Internet, Mobileway, Open Mobile, Orange Gum, Woo World and Iguana Mobile have come aboard to help provide game companies access to both a regional and a global distribution network. The EDB is also working to bring more game publishers into the GCC to extend both the distribution channels and reach for Singapore-based game companies.
The GCC aims to reach out and nurture between 15 to 20 games companies, including start-up enterprises both local as well as foreign, within the next two years. The GCC also hopes to produce 20 to 30 games titles amongst the developers.
The launch of the Games Creation Community follows closely on the heels of other major developments in Singapores digital media scene. As it anticipates the opening of a Lucasfilm animation studio, the country has seen Japanese game development studio Genki open a local shop dubbed G-Gadget. Koei also plans to establish a Singapore development studio by years end. In addition, Singapore, through a multi-agency effort led by the EDB, won the bid against five other global cities to host the World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Finals, the Olympics of e-Sports.