Games show opens on hopeful note for HK firms

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am

A PlayStation spokesman expressed hope yesterday that the Hong Kong games industry will soon develop its own console game software.

Tetsuhiko Yasuda, corporate executive and managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, said most of the games available in Asia came from Japan. Hong Kong had yet to develop its own software.

He was speaking before today's opening of the 5th Asia Game Show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hong Kong company Centro Digital Pictures was the first non-Japanese Asian company commissioned by Sony to co-produce a PlayStation game title.

'[Centro] contributed to the graphics of a PlayStation 2 game but it was a partnership. A Hong Kong company hasn't wholly developed a console game yet, but it's very possible in the future, and we would very much welcome them to do so,' said Mr Yasuda.

'We are considering having more collaborations with the local industry, including on developing game software. But perhaps Taiwan will develop its software before Hong Kong.'

He said the overseas games industry's interest in Hong Kong and the region had increased during the past few years because of the great reduction in pirated games.

' 'We are much more interested in this part of the market. While there are still restrictions on game consoles in China, Hong Kong is an important platform for us.'

Games enthusiasts who were unable to secure a PlayStation 3 after last month's launch demonstrated their hunger for the machine as they started lining up for entry as early as 2pm yesterday, hoping to get their hands on one of the 800 available for sale today.

The globally popular console has been out of stock since its launch on November 17.

The Asia Game Show, which runs from today to Monday, is expected to draw more than 350,000 people.