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Govt not playing around as it seeks to take gaming to next level

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23, 2019   /  06:45 pm
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Gamers play 'Call of Duty' at the Tokyo Game Show on Sept. 21, 2018. (AFP/Martin Bureau)

Gaming is not a game for the government, which has seen its efforts to develop the country’s blossoming industry begin to bear fruit despite the parental and religious concerns that loom in the background. A key character of this story has been President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who conveyed his vision for the industry to become one of the key drivers of economic growth during a presidential debate back in April. During the debate, the President said the industry was valued between Rp 11 trillion (US$774.85 million) to Rp 12 trillion in 2017 with an annual growth rate of 25 to 30 percent. “Our kids now love to be gamers, so the government has developed digital infrastructure, such as the Palapa Ring [nationwide broadband network] and 5G,” he said. Jokowi has long promoted the creative economy, which includes the gaming industry, and tourism as new ...