The famous Japanese game development company Square Enix is setting up an office in India, raising a lot of hopes. We see what the noise is all about
As part of a talent hunt, Square Enix has launched a game development contest in India and in future the company plans to collaborate with the best studios in the country to release titles for Android or iOS devices and also a few browser-based games. Japanese game developer Square Enix, renowned for titles such as Final Fantasy, is setting up base in India though they are yet to decide on the location
They have already received hundreds of applications from various groups and individuals for the contest which runs till September. The contest is a first of its kind in India as it offers cash prizes of up to `10 lakh to the winner and `3 lakh and `1.5 lakh for second and third place winners respectively. However developers will have to create games for mobile platforms or browser-based games as standalone PC and console games are not allowed in the competition. “The contest will help us find the best talent in the country and the finalists and winners will get an opportunity to work with Square Enix in the near future,” India regional manager Square Enix, Mayank Mathur, said.
This is vastly different from the approach by Electronic Arts, which set up a full-fledged studio in the city. EA Hyderabad mostly works on mobile games and also creates cross platform ports for some of their titles. Mathur has been part of game development community in India for a while. He was the Business Develop-ment Manager in Japan for Hyderbad-based Gameshastra and at Tata Elxsi before he took up the position with Square Enix. According to him the quality and number of game developers in India have improved over the years. “There are a lot of studios which undertake and outsource work for a lot of titles and such work has given a shot in the arm for the developers here. The only way to learn is through failures and with bigger companies setting up base in India, these developers get to learn from the mistakes these companies made in the past. The indie gaming scene is also picking up and games made by Indian indie game developers are doing well on mobile app stores,” he added.
If you’re interested in participating in the contest head over to http://india.square-enix.com/Home.
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