Singapore lowers barriers to entry for game developers

The newly inaugurated Games Solution Center (CSC) of the Media Development Authority (MDA) in Singapore, aims to lower barriers to entry for game developers by providing ready access to game development tools for PlayStation platforms.

Managed by the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), the GSC is a one-stop resource center that provides a rapid prototyping development environment for Singapore-based small-medium games enterprises at no cost on a first-come-first-served basis.

Given the growth of the games sector in the country, which the Department of Statistics said achieved 50.5 percent growth rate from S$7.7 million in 2004 to S$59.6 million in 2009, the center's opening is a timely move for the government.

MDA’s partnership with industry players such as Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, Nanyang Polytechnic, Autodesk and Hewlett-Packard Singapore is expected benefit more than 500 game companies and developers over the next three years.

"Game developers can enjoy the resources, commercialization opportunities and mentorship available at the center to accelerate the development of their games,” said Aubeck Kam, CEO, MDA, in a media release on the MDA website.

To help developers market and pitch their games to potential publishers, the GSC introduced a 3D virtual world known as the Singapore Games Village. Locally developed games can be showcased in the Village to prospective publishers who can then select the titles, which they wish to license.

The GSC will also organize monthly networking, seminars and developer conferences to share methodologies and best practices in games development and production. 

Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM) supports Singapore’s vision to be an interactive and digital Media hub. It currently offers 6 unique courses that integrate art, design, entertainment and technology for the digital age – the Digital Media Design (Animation), Diploma in Digital Media Design (Games), Diploma in Digital Media Design (Interaction Design), Diploma in Digital Visual Effects, Diploma in Entertainment Technology (Games) and Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design.