Irish gaming firm expands Asia network
IRISH GAMES technology company Havok is expanding its local team network in China, Korea and Japan to help it build on developments in the booming region.
The Emmy award-winning firm, acquired by Intel in 2007 but still run as a stand-alone unit, has seen expanded development in China and Korea since last year in its Vision Engine technology, which is a toolset for mobile and massively multiplayer online (MMO) game development.
Data released last week showed that China’s population of internet users, which is already the world’s biggest, rose 11 per cent to 538 million, and there was a big increase in numbers who go online from mobile phones and other wireless devices – this was up 22 per cent at 388 million. This offers huge opportunities for the gaming business.
The aim is to build on the company’s advances within the Asian marketplace since the acquisition last year of the 3D game engine, Vision Engine.
Havok’s managing director David Coghlan will headline at the ChinaJoy 2012 digital entertainment expo in Shanghai (July 26th-29th) with a keynote speech on the future of 3D online games, and other trends that will shape the industry in the next five years.
He will also explain key factors that influence producers, designers and programmers as well as provide suggestions on how Chinese developers themselves can take advantage of global technology trends.
Aside from the keynote, he will present a speaking session by the group’s development support engineer, Joel Van Eenwyk, and Havok will showcase demos at a booth at the event.