Weak PS3 sales: Now the Taiwanese government sponsors Sony


Sony seems to be less happy with the PS3 sales numbers than one could think. Or why else would they cooperate with the Taiwanese government to make local developers create more games for their console?

Yesterday Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has closed a cooperation deal with Sony that centers on the areas of human resources and financing. The aim of the project is to increase a bigger user and developer base in Taiwan that could then help create PS3 games suitable for the much bigger game market in mainland China.

Sony will mainly help connect Japanese and Western game developers with Taiwanese software engineers. The company also agreed to provide technical guidance and make sure relevant technologies from Japanese and Western game software firms will find its way to Taiwan. In addition, Sony will sponsor lectures about video game development to be given at Tatung University in Taipei and I-Shou University.

In return, the Taiwanese ministry promised it will subsidize 40% of all costs of game software development (including licensing deals) the Taiwanese companies incur.

Sounds like a good deal for Sony, doesn’t it? Just imagine America’s Department of Commerce doing the same for the PS3 or XBOX 360.

Via Taiwan Journal