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Japan game developer opens office in Taiwan

TAIPEI--Capcom, a Japanese developer and publisher of video games, said Friday it has opened an office in Taiwan that will serve as base for expansion into the wider Asian online gaming market.

Capcom has chosen Taiwan because of the country's abundant talent in the gaming industry and its good relations with Japan, said Haruhiro Tsujimoto, chief operating officer of Capcom, at a press conference in Taipei.

The Japanese company is known for its best-selling video games such as Resident Evil, Street Fighter and Mega Man.

Yoshinori Ono, producer of Street Fighter, said games cannot be released in Japan until they are near perfect.

The advantage in Taiwan is that once a game is developed, it can be released and revisions can continue to be made, which allows for better adjustment to the fast-changing trends in the gaming industry, he said.

Capcom's expansion into Taiwan follows a similar move by South Korean game developer CJ E&M Corp., which entered into a joint venture with Taiwanese company Cayenne Entertainment Technology Co. in April to expand its global online gaming market.

In addition to aiming for emerging markets, Taiwanese game developers can seek to expand by developing social media and mobile games, said Ting Hung-yu, an analyst with the Taipei-based Institute for Information Industry's Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute.

The global gaming population reached over 300 million in 2011, with the global gaming industry generating US$60 billion in revenues, according to the institute. It estimated that the global gaming market could exceed US$80 billion by 2015, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent.

The mobile game market is expected to grow to US$15.2 billion by 2015 from US$10.5 billion in 2011, while the computer game market is expected to increase to US$25.5 billion from US$18.6 billion over the same period.

Meanwhile, the console game market is forecast to increase from US$34.1 billion in 2011 to US$41.4 billion in 2015, according to the institute.

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