KAFD supports the establishment of Jordan Game Development Task Force with int@j
King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) signed last Thursday an agreement with the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan – int@j, to support the establishment of a task force for game development companies in Jordan.
In line with his Majesty King Abdullah II vision, KAFD will be supporting the Jordan Gaming Development Task Force, in line with KAFD’s continuous efforts to contribute to the ICT in Jordan.
The Jordan Gaming Development Task Force (JGDTF) is an open and independent coalition of Jordan’s premier gaming companies. Operating under the umbrella of Int@j, the Task Force’s objective is to advance Jordan’s game development capacity and help propel the Jordanian gaming on a local, regional, and international scale.
KAFD’s director Tarik Awad, stated that “KAFD has been contributing to the ICT sector through supporting infrastructure and human capital development, and providing the right environment for it to excel, as part of KAFD’s mandate to drive economic progress and investment in Jordan.”
Nour Khrais, the chair of the JGDTF, explained that “The JGDTF aims through KAFD support to position Jordan as the regional gaming hub for the development and distribution of games irrespective of platform, promote awareness of the game sector inside and outside of Jordan to attract continued economic opportunity and investment. JGDTF also aims to build quality engineering and business capability and capacity in the sector, promote game development as a career, support game development education, create specialized and accelerated training, promote start-ups and provide them with much needed guidance, mentorship, and acceleration help.”
Khrais added, “the JGDTF will be working on establishing ‘The Jordan Interactive Gaming Laboratory’ which will act as an initial incubator where students/developers could develop their own game ideas. Members and participants in the lab will learn the essentials of game design, develop a game story and learn about storytelling, create game characters, storyboard, and game scenarios productions, design a game interface and GUI, create sound effects and game play music, and explore popular video games and get the Latest updates about games. Governed and regulated by Int@j as a non-profit entity, the lab’s operations will be run by Oasis 500 under the policies, supervision and oversight of the Jordan Game Development Task Force.”