Pole To Win International, a global video game development outsourcer, has announced the opening of a new studio in Taipei, Taiwan. PTW Taiwan will specialize in providing quality assurance, translation, localization and customer experience services.
PTWI says the new Taiwan studio enhances the company’s presence in Asia and complements existing studios in Shanghai, Malaysia, Korea, and Singapore. The APAC network of studios is meant to address in-territory client support, as well as strategic and business continuity objectives for the wider region. Taipei is a regional hub for the video games industry and is home to two permanent eSports arenas, the Garena Arena and the Blizzard eStadium opened in March 2017. The new studio is located in central Taipei’s main business district.
“The opening of our new Taiwan studio comes about as a response to increasing client demand throughout Asia,” said Winston Wong, Regional Director of Asian Business Operations. “There is a huge amount of passion for video games, interactive entertainment media and disruptive, emerging technologies in Taiwan, and with an increasing number of developers in the region, we are confident our new studio will become a key local partner to companies within these rapidly growing sectors.”
PTW Taiwan is the third studio launch by the company in 2017. Previously, PTW Malaysia was opened in January, while PTWI’s audio production division SIDE opened its Los Angeles studio in March.
The game development outsourcing business in the Asia-Pacific region continues to see substantial growth. In May, UK-based Keywords Studio rounded out its month of acquisitions by buying Strongbox Ltd., a Shanghai-based holding company with subsidiaries in China and Indonesia trading under the Red Hot brand. Red Hot specializes in the production of graphical art assets for video games, and its client base includes many of Activision’s development studios as well as Sony, Bethesda, Tencent and Capcom.