The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication is in the process of setting up a modern Centre of Excellence in Karachi to boost the animation industry, announced IT Minister Syed Aminul Haque on Monday.
The minister, while meeting a delegation of global tech firm Tencent Holdings, said that Pakistan’s animation industry was currently earning export revenue of approximately $50 million.
The delegation was led by Senior Director Public Affairs Singapore Lih Shuin Goh, said a press release.
While emphasising that the ministry was committed to handholding and facilitating the local animation and game development industry, Haque said “the industry is at a nascent stage, however, some incredible work is going on”.
Elaborating, he said that the IT ministry had set up an animation studio within the premises of National Incubation Centre (NIC) Karachi. The minister assured the delegation of all possible cooperation and support regarding development of gaming and animation sector in the country.
Lih Shuin Goh briefed the minister about the working of his company and said, “Tencent Games is the world’s largest global platform for video game development, publishing and operations, dedicated to offering high-quality interactive entertainment experiences for game players across the globe”.
The company currently offered more than 140 self-developed and licensed games in 200 countries and regions, he said, adding that Pakistan had great potential and was an important market for Tencent Games.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2022.
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