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Now in its tenth year, Japan's CEDEC developers conference has seen fit to recognise the achievements of local developers in a new peer-votedĀ awards ceremony, the CEDEC Awards. Develop was on hand to discover how it attempted to tackle over 30 years of home-grown development talent...
According to Chinese research firm Niko Partners, Chinaís 46 million gamers spent $1.7 billion on online games in 2007, up 71 per cent from 2006.
China isnít just the country with the higest population, itís also a major player in the games industry. Lai Ke Yan offers up a glimpse into the marketÖ
With a vital history as a talent base for outsourcing in a number of industries, it wonít surprise you to hear that Indiaís creative industry boasts a mix of animation and development companies which at times overlap and complement each other.
India has become a hotspot for games development thanks to a fast-paced economic and cultural climate, we discoverÖ
Singaporeís games industry is relatively small compared to other Asian markets Ė no surprise given that it is one of the only three city states in the world with a population under 5m.
While there is still some doubt over Singaporeís games power, the studio opened there by Lucasfilm, which also houses LucasArts Singapore, is one of the more intriguing development teams based in the country.
Joerg Zeissig, MD of Leipziger International Asia, tells us about Game Convention Asia, and offers up his outlook on the industry in the Asia-Pacific regionÖ
Of all of the Asian countries and their game markets, Japanís is perhaps the most widely known thanks to its influence in growing and mass-marketing the console eras almost single-handedly.
Although there is a definite difference between the corporate cultures in the likes of Japan when compared with working life in North American or European studios, what might surprise you is that the struggles faced by studios in those usually contrasting areas are very much uniform.
South Korea is home to over 200 games developers Ė the majority of which self-publish their games online for PC Ė a not unimpressive level of scale for a country with a population just shy of 50m.
Korea (specifically, the southern region of Korea officially called the Republic of Korea) is infamous as the modern capital of gaming in Asia.
Itís now three years since the coding team behind PS3 audio graced the first Develop conference en masse for an exciting audio track session which saw them emerge from behind closed doors to talk publically about their pioneering work.