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First video games job fair kicks off in Taipei

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s first job fair exclusively for the video game industry opened at the Taipei World Trade Center on Saturday, attracting scores of job applicants, its organizers said.

“We want to help those who are interested in looking for jobs in the [video] gaming industry to find their ideal jobs,” said Henry Ho (何啟聖), public relations director of 1111 Job Bank. “I hope this is a good opportunity for them to combine their interest and their future jobs.”

With 18 recruiters occupying 20 booths, the organizers are confident they can help more than 300 job hunters find a job they like.

Larry Wu, one of the candidates who arrived before the fair began, had just been discharged from the army and was looking forward to the event.

“This is like making another step toward my dream,” the 24-year-old game design major said, adding that he lives in Nantou County, at least a three-hour drive from the venue.

The fair also helped video gaming companies find suitable job candidates.

“We’re looking for someone who has passion and fully -understands this industry,” said Hsu Wen-chi, assistant manager of Kaohsiung-based Zealot Digital International Corp (智樂堂網路股份有限公司).

Last year, the output of Taiwan’s video game industry reached NT$42.2 billion (US$1.44 billion), a 20 percent increase over the 2009 figure, said Lu Cheng-hua (呂正華), an official at the the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau.

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