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India can be outsourcing hub for online games

Source: PTI
June 23, 2005 18:35 IST
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India has the potential to become a major hub for outsourcing computer games, according to a leading IT specialist.

"Indian developers have the capability of turning the region into a major outsourcing hub for the development of computer games," Quentin Staes-Polet, digital media executive, IBM Global Services, said in Mumbai on Thursday.

India is a late entrant into this sector and there are no big Indian players in the computer games development market, an analyst said adding, the $9 billion online gaming market is helping drive global bandwidth growth.

Sates-Polet said, "The growth of online games is driving the bandwidth growth globally. With the number of online players increasing exponentially the broadband penetration globally has gone up from 82 million to 320 million."

He said online gaming would be a $31.4 billion market by 2008 and would play a big part in increasing broadband penetration globally.

Speaking about the usage of online games, he said they could be used as a teaching and training tool by various government agencies, including the military.

On the Indian online game market, he said it was still maturing and added that increased PC penetration and organised cyber cafe chains would allow this sector to blossom.

"The low cost of PCs and broadband as well as the presence of cyber cafe chains will go a long way in increasing the number of online game players in India," Staes-Polet said.

He said the absence of Indian online game portals and lack of local content in games was a hindrance in attracting more Indian customers.
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