TEHRAN –(Iranart) Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has supported national game design companies over the past year, Minister Mahmud Vaezi said on Friday.
He made the remarks during his visit to the Tehran Game Convention (TGC) underway at the IRIB International Conference Hall.
“Last year, the ministry and Iran’s National Foundation for Computer Games came to an agreement to support the companies and game developers with a low-interest loan administered by the foundation,” Vaezi said.
“Over the past year, the ministry has dedicated a loan of 50 billion rials (over $1,320,000) to the companies,” he added.
“Since we do not have the detailed knowledge to choose the companies, we trusted the NFCG to allocate funds under the loan and will continue supporting the companies in the future,” he added.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri, also visiting the two-day exhibit on Friday, said that he is proud to see a number of young game developers at the exhibit.
“I feel proud to see this large number of youth and these young people are a source of hope. Computer games are not well known in the country and we need to introduce this potential to the society,” he said.
“We feel responsible for removing the financial problems of these young developers so that they can have a better chance to flourish,” he said.
A jury including 21 game developers from some international companies will honor top Iranian computer games of the year today.
Samuel Gatte from Bandai Namco, Phil Elliot from Square Enix, Victoire Fouquet from Orange, Pawel Ksiazek from Cenega and Adam Wroblewski from Muve are among the jury members.
Also included are Martine Spaans from Tamalaki, Robert Pontow from Active Gaming Media, Sylvain Cunzi from Next Games and Wolfgang Walk from Walk Game Productions.
NFCG has organized the Tehran Game Convention in collaboration with the Game Connection, a major international exhibition of computers games in Paris.