By Matt Ployhar
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the economic impact of video games and why it’s in the country’s best interest to have a bright gaming future. While there are several conversations over the past few years that have corroborated my position, nothing has hit home harder than a discussion I recently had with a major university that prides itself on its technology focus.
One of the top three Chinese game ISVs (independent software vendors) proposed opening a branch of this university in their country. While this is probably a good idea on the surface, I do wonder what the long-term cause and effect is. Eight of the top 10 companies shipping PC games in the world have already shifted to China or South Korea.
The full economic impact of this has barely begun to be felt. Would it really be a good thing to see what little expertise we have left migrate abroad? Can we afford to offshore and outsource math and science skills (algorithms, graphics APIs, physics, AI)?