The Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Japan Online Game Association (JOGA) to facilitate closer cooperation on efforts to promote the game development industries of both Japan and the Philippines.
Signed by Darwin Tardio, GDAP President, and Shuhei Ueda, JOGA Chairperson, the MOA intends to have both associations promoting and supporting each other’s programs, mutually sharing knowledge and information, and exploring opportunities for business matching and networking.
The MOA signing came about as a result of GDAP’s participation in the ASEAN-Japan Summit for Digital Content last November 2011. Organized by the ASEAN-Japan Center and participated by industry leaders from Japan and ASEAN member nations, the summit catalyzed collaboration among participants through discussions on current trends and challenges affecting the content industry both regionally and globally. GDAP and JOGA, represented in the forum by Christine Rom, Board Member/Marketing Committee Head, and Yoji Kawaguchi, Executive Officer, respectively, discussed strategic initiatives of both associations and areas where both may be able to collaborate and promote each other.
“We’re thrilled to have formalized this partnership with JOGA,” expressed Darwin Tardio. “We believe that working together will undoubtedly lead to more successes for both organizations. We are confident that through this we can bring networking and new business opportunities to Filipino game developers.”
GDAP was established in 2008 as a business association promoting the interests of the Philippine game development industry. Its members, local and multinational companies with presence in the Philippines, create games and publish interactive content for various platforms.
The Japan Online Game Association or JOGA was established in June 2007 in order for the online game service providers to cooperate with each other and solve various problems, which the gaming industry is facing today. JOGA performs various activities to promote and raise the industry and makes its best efforts to cope with new type of problems arising from online games, thus contributing the public benefits.