And then there was cricket …
As the Tech Crunch Gong Awards proceeded, and those present were drawn into visualizing the concepts, ideas and products that were presented by the young participants, in came Babar Ahmed, the CEO of Mindstorm Studios.
He told us that the total size of the global video game market was $40+ billion. The total size of the PC gaming market was $8+ billion (predicted to hit $12 billion by 2012). PC gaming is growing! The number of broadband customers and payment channels in India and Pakistan are increasing exponentially year on year. When you mix the two and add in already “switched on” cricket playing countries like UK and Australia, you have an explosive mix in the making!
Mindstorm Studios’ Cricket Revolution is a multiplayer networked cricket game for the PC. With high end graphics, extreme attention to gameplay detail, and a plethora of multiplayer features attached to it including a persistent community portal and statistics tracking system, Cricket Revolution, according to Babar, is all set to pave the way for Pakistan as its first entrant into mainstream video gaming on the international scene.
As Babar told the judges how it had taken 3 years and 8 young people with no prior experience of game development, to come up with this brilliant PC game, the attendees watched a demo in awe and marvelled at the potential of an industry that had not even been tapped until now. If a bunch of committed youngsters had managed to miraculously develop such a marvellous game with their own funds, and had found publishers who were going to market it internationally, this could be the beginning of serious game development in Pakistan.
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