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Local game creators to display their best work in Jakarta

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, July 8, 2019  /  03:30 pm
Local game creators to display their best work in Jakarta

Visitors try out gear at the Eurogamer Expo 2013 For Gamers. Bekraf Game Prime 2019 will also provide a special area for visitors to get a taste of augmented reality- and virtual reality-based games. (Bloomberg/File)

The latest games created by Indonesian developers will take center stage at the Bekraf Game Prime 2019 exhibition to be held at Balai Kartini, South Jakarta, on the weekend.

Themed "Game is the future of sports, entertainment and business", the fourth installment of the annual event initiated by the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) will give dozens of local game developers the chance to present themselves to an expected 18,000 visitors.

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"Games are no longer an entertainment tool but also serve as an educational and advertising tool and can contribute to the national economy," said Bekraf infrastructure undersecretary Hari Sungkari in a statement quoted by kompas.com on Monday. "The gaming industry has also produced new professions, such as players, managers, casters, publishers and creators; all come with a clear career path."

Additionally, the event will feature an e-sports tournament called Clash of Titans involving eight professional and semiprofessional teams. A special area for visitors to try out augmented reality- and virtual reality-based games will be provided as well.

Other than digital games, Bekraf Game Prime 2019 is expected to showcase various board games made by local designers as well as toys and action figures from various communities and manufacturers. (nic/kes)

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