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IDB boss foresees growth in Chinese-language apps

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s digital content industry will grow larger next year as it moves toward integrating mobile applications, Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) Director-General Shen Jung-chin (沈榮津) said yesterday at the Taipei International Digital Content Summit.

Shen said that the output value of the nation’s digital content industry totaled NT$600.3 billion (US$20.05 billion) last year, up 14.89 percent from NT$522.5 billion in 2010.

The figure is expected to grow to NT$780 billion next year as companies tap into the worldwide mobile app supply chain, he said.

“With the rapid development of the digital content market, the boundary of each sector will blur and move toward integration,” Shen said in a speech to the summit.

“Taiwan will gradually integrate mobile apps with electronic learning and entertainment, in the form of games, animation, music, videos and e-books,” he added.

To assist Taiwanese businesses integrating into the worldwide app market supply chain, Shen said his bureau established the App Incubation Center in October last year.

The center now works with domestic companies to build a perfect environment for industrial development, hoping to make Taiwan the center for Chinese-language app creations by producing 20,000 apps each year, he said.

Last year, the output value of Taiwan’s digital gaming industry increased only 3.36 percent from 2010 to NT$43.62 billion due to the highly competitive market condition, the bureau said.

The output value of Taiwan’s electronic publication and digital archives reached NT$71.6 billion last year, up 45.23 percent from 2010, it said.

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