Author: Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) Posted June 13, 2012
Egyptian Game Jam is the first “Center of Excellence” for video game developers in Egypt. It is a product of the first “Forum for Video Game Developers” hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, which was attended by major international figures, notably Nordic Game Jam. During the forum, participants expressed their desire for the Egyptian Center of Excellence to become the cornerstone for video game development in the Middle East. The forum will pave the way for a favorable environment for this industry, thus keeping pace with the rapid developments in the world of video games. The Center is expected to enrich Egyptian and Arab markets in terms of video games and entertainment, and will help maintain Arab cultural presence in this field.
Meanwhile, “Flafus,” a video game developed by an ITI student, was marketed on the sidelines of the forum. “The Flafus tries to save its children in 60 levels, each level not exceeding 50 seconds. This is the core idea of the Flafus game,” said Ahmed al-Desouqi, the game designer who plans to launch Flafus on the internet very soon. Desouqi emphasized the need to provide training courses for developers in Egypt’s video gaming industry in partnership with international companies. That way, Desouqi said, beginners would be able to overcome financial obstacles and properly manage their time, thus helping to create a real community for video game developers. ITI is expected to launch a website called “GamingEgypt.com” which will serve as a forum for the gaming development community in Egypt and the Middle East. The forum will be a space where games developers can meet, exchange expertise, be introduced to new techniques, and stay up to date on the developments within this industry at a global level.
In an interview with Al-Hayat, 25-year-old Tim Garbos, the Chairman of the Danish Organization of Young Game Developers, stressed the need for Egypt to establish a strong community of games developers, and to take advantage of their skills, which he noticed during the forum. Garbos, who is also a board member of the Danish Youth Association of Science, highlighted the international competition, Game Jam, which attracts approximately 10,000 game developers annually. The developers coming from several different countries, to compete for developing the best video game.
“I hope that Egypt’s first experience with organizing a local competition for video games developers will be successful,” said Garbos, a computer programmer who holds a BA in software technologies. Garbos urged Egypt to encourage young people to participate in the competition. The video games industry is considered a pillar of economic growth in many countries, given its effective role in providing job opportunities, developing digital technologies and consolidating competition in global markets.
In 2009, the video games industry was worth nearly $10.5 billion. This includes computer and cell phone company sales, as well as game applications via wireless networks, internet games and others. Their worth is projected to reach $70 billion by 2015.
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