Colombian businesses have been making waves in the videogames industry due to a steady increase in the number of engineering graduates the country has been producing.
“The videogames industry in Colombia has progressed and is becoming more and more attractive for buyers in the international market who see development and innovation in their products,” said María Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport, a government organization responsible for promoting Colombian exports, tourism, foreign investment.
This recent growth in the Colombian videogames industry has been attributed to the significant increase in engineering graduates in Colombia in recent years. According to Euromonitor, a prominent market research company, Colombia produced the third largest number of engineering graduates in 2012. Moreover, 21,593 engineers graduated between 2001 and 2011 in Colombia, according to the ministry of education, many of which specialized in areas such as electronics, industry and information technology. Equipped with such skills, these graduates have been well prepared to pursue a career in the video games industry.
This progression is reflected in the attendance of 19 Colombian videogames companies, including Teravision Games and 7Glabs, at the world’s largest Game Developers Conference (GDC) in the United States this year. The GDC unites around 20,000 programmers, artists, designers and businesses from various countries, making it an ideal location for Colombian companies to establish new contacts and collaborations with potential U.S. partners. Just recently, Teravision Games was purchased by U.S. company NDi Media, while 7Glabs and Disney recently partnered to produce content for mobile phones and other platforms.
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