There are a lot of familiar names in the 2014 Forbes' List of Billionaires. Certainly, there are the usual personalities we all expect. There's Bill Gates of Microsoft who topped the list of the richest people on earth with a net worth of $78.7 billion; Larry Ellison of Oracle, with $52.1 billion; and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who had an estimated $33.5 billion.
Filipinos have a natural love affair with video games. Ever since Atari and the Nintendo Family Computer made their way to local shores back in the 80s up to the time that PC and console games filled up internet cafes and households, Filipinos could not keep their hands off their gamepads, joysticks, and keyboards.
Unknown to many, taste is a better indicator of fashion know-how rather than numbers and trends. And by taste, we mean the ability to make sound judgments on aesthetic, artistic, and even intellectual matters. It takes time to develop and sharpen personal taste; a never ending process.
Up until five years go, many were already talking about the potential of the Philippines of making it big in the arena of game development. In 2011, there were already a good number of companies that were involved in game development, employing 3,000 employees.
We can't deny that online gaming has a bad reputation. With its often violent plotlines and graphics, it's no wonder that parents think it's dangerous to their children's studies, social life, and mental and physical health. But what do experts say?
Contrary to popular belief, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry does not solely comprise of call centers. The Philippine BPO industry also includes legal and medical transcription, back office support particularly for financial services such as accounting and bookkeeping, software development, and animation.
There is a silent, but fierce war going on in Silicon Valley and all the big names are part of it, including giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter.
You eat, sleep, and breathe art - and you're ready to make money off of this passion of yours. The next step of course is to find a school that not only hones your craft but also opens doors for opportunities in the industry.