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Govt seeks to take gaming to next level

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  12:26 am
Fight back: A man plays the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile game in Jakarta on March 26. The gaming industry has expressed concerns about a call for a ban on video games by an NGO in Aceh.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(PUBG) mobile game in Jakarta on March 26. The gaming industry has expressed concerns about a call for a ban on video games by an NGO in Aceh.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Fight back: A man plays the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile game in Jakarta on March 26. The gaming industry has expressed concerns about a call for a ban on video games by an NGO in Aceh.(JP/Seto Wardhana)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) and Rp 12 trillion in 2017 with an annual growth rate of 25 to 30 percent.Jokowi has long promoted the creative economy, which includes the gaming industry,...