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Office workers looking for ‘in’ to gaming industry: poll

Staff Writer, with CNA

About three-fourths of the nation’s office workers are interested in getting involved with a business related to the gaming industry to pursue their personal interests professionally, the results of a survey released yesterday showed.

1111 Job Bank, the employment agency that conducted the survey on whether an interest in playing games could lead to a job, found 74.52 percent of respondents wanted to join a gaming industry company and were hoping for an average monthly salary of NT$37,094.

The main factor attracting the respondents to the industry was that they “enjoy playing games/can match interest with work,” cited by 86.86 percent of respondents.

Other factors mentioned were that they “feel upbeat about the industry’s development potential” (39.5 percent) and “can gain experience/strengthen career development” (31.74 percent).

The respondents’ most desired jobs in the sector were project planning and design (50.33 percent), management (44.5 percent) and engineering, and research and development (27.51 percent), according to the survey.

Among those who did not want to enter the gaming industry, 44.63 said they had little understanding of the sector, 35.18 percent said they preferred working in a field unrelated to their personal interests and 27.04 percent said the working hours were too long.

1111 Job Bank spokeswoman Charlene Chang (張旭嵐) suggested that office workers interested in the gaming sector should develop a clear understanding of the industry’s prospects and job descriptions to prevent applicants’ hopes from clashing with reality.

James Lee, president of INSREA Game Center Corp (因思銳企業), a commercial agent representing Chinese and South Korean games in Taiwan, said his company was looking to develop new products in house that could be marketed at home and abroad, and needed people capable of solving problems who could think logically.

“As the gaming market is moving to China and Southeast Asia, we will need more people to handle international operations and marketing responsibilities,” he said.

INSREA plans to open three subsidiaries in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu to expand its business and create a customer base in the emerging market for the new products it develops in house, Lee said.

Since Taiwanese gaming companies are facing increasingly fierce competition from South Korea and Japan, workers who are interested in jobs in the sector should prepare themselves better to deal with the challenges faced by the industry, he said.

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