Back in 2013 John Key was waxing lyrical about Gameloft.
It’ll be three years this August since French game development company Gameloft first set up its studio in Auckland. To celebrate the upcoming birthday, along with some impressive user milestones for its major titles, Prime Minister John Key was invited along to a shindig at Gameloft’s loft in Parnell this morning.
Key praised the game studio for its work in the burgeoning game development industry, saying Gameloft and companies like it are helping create a mini-Silicon Valley in New Zealand.
The Prime Minister congratulated Gameloft’s particular success with its three children’s titles Wonder Zoo (6 million players), Littlest Pet Shop (9 million players), and My Little Pony (10 million players). This reporter is unashamed to admit he had himself a good chuckle hearing the PM say “My Little Pony”.
Looking around the room of developers and designers, almost 60 percent of whom are recent immigrants to the country, Key said immigration is important for encouraging the growth of technology companies in New Zealand. Key once again points to the Silicon Valley, where immigration is a common recruitment tool. He adds that National is a pro-immigration party, encouraging skilled workers to bring their talents to the country.
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