Indonesia, France team up to develop gaming industry – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post


The French Embassy in Indonesia, represented by Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI), and the Indonesian Gaming Association (AGI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the gaming industry in Jakarta on Friday.

The two countries will hold various collaborative activities to promote the industry as well as exchange talent and information about the gaming industry ecosystem, including about regulations, market data and operators.

“The gaming industry is a leading sector in France. [France] is also one of the countries that has a dynamic gaming industry ecosystem,” Stephane Dovert, director of IFI and counselor for cooperation of the French Embassy in Indonesia, said in a statement.

Dovert added that there were some 300 companies employing more than 5,000 people with a budget allocation of more than 500 million euros (US$588,842,500) annually for the industry’s production, research and development.

President of Indonesian Gaming Association (AGI) Cipto Adiguno (left) and director of Institut Français d'Indonésie (IFI) and counselor for cooperation of the French embassy in Indonesia Stephane Dovert (right) during an MoU signing on Oct. 16, 2020 at IFI Thamrin, Central Jakarta. President of Indonesian Gaming Association (AGI) Cipto Adiguno (left) and director of Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI) and counselor for cooperation of the French embassy in Indonesia Stephane Dovert (right) during an MoU signing on Oct. 16, 2020 at IFI Thamrin, Central Jakarta. (Institut Français d’Indonésie/File)

“Made in France” games enjoying particular popularity in Indonesia are Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Prince of Persia and Gameloft. 

France currently has 35 gaming schools and 42 game and animation studios. The latter includes Ubisoft which created Assassin’s Creed and Arkane Studios, which produced Dishonored.

Cipto Adiguno, president of AGI, said Indonesia had great talents in the industry. However, those with international standards and experienced mentors to create games on a global scale were scarce. “The quality of a game depends on the quality of the talents [behind it],” said Cipto. “Improving quality and increasing the number of talents through training and professional experience are key to developing Indonesia’s gaming industry.”

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AGI plans to hold an online seminar to which it will invite game developers from France and facilitate meetings between associations, communities, the government and stakeholders from both countries. It also plans to send delegations to the annual Paris Game Week and visit centers of the gaming industry in various cities of France, once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. (wir/wng)

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