Pakistan’s IT firms will participate in one of the biggest global event, Game Developer Conference and Expo, being held in San Francisco (USA) from Feb 28 to March 04.
There are 12 selected companies who will represent Pakistan in this event under the supervision of Pakistan Software Exports Board (PSEB), which is also sponsoring their financial expenses.
While speaking with ProPakistani, Saluman Hassan, a PSEB official, said that nearly 70 percent of the delegation’s members have been awarded visa till now whereas rest of them are expected to get their visas in next weeks after their interviews in US embassy.
PSEB invited Expression of Interests (EOIs) from its member companies for mega event last month. It received dozens of applications while only 12 teams were selected after evaluating the business and professional potential of the IT companies in Games Designing.
Few of selected companies are Biztech Solutions, Vahzay Pakistan, ITC Pakistan.
In return for PSEB’s substantial investment, PSEB expects that the companies would attempt to attain maximum benefit from the event by bringing business/foreign investment to Pakistan and project Pakistan’s IT sector as a viable, cost effective, high quality destination for developing Gaming Products, official said.
PSEB sponsors companies to attend international event to promote a collective image building of this Pakistani IT industry, he added.
The end goal is to provide the local gaming industry the necessary support in order to facilitate the industry to bring employment generation and foreign exchange earnings to Pakistan.
PSEB has sponsored IT firms for the same event earlier in fiscal year 2002-03. Besides, IT firms individual participate on their behalf.
The Game Developers Conference/Expo (GDC) is the world’s largest professionals only game industry event and has been held consistently every year for 25 years. The Game Developers Conference has come a long way in size and stature, emanating from an informal gathering of about 25 developers in the living room of a notable game designer 24 years ago, to a weeklong conference attended by over 18,000 well established industry insiders.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the largest annual gathering of professional video game developers, focusing on learning, inspiration, and networking. The event comprises an expo, networking events, awards shows such as the Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice Awards, and a variety of tutorials, lectures, and roundtables by industry professionals on game-related topics covering programming, design, audio, production, business and management, and visual arts.
The event addresses multiple platforms, such as dedicated gaming consoles, handheld devices, cell phones, online and of course computers. The GDC provides an excellent opportunity to interact with well-established industry veterans and network with prospective customers and companies.