This week's gamescom in Cologne has seen the first appearance of Iranian game developers at a Western game show, reports the BBC. Trade group the Iran National Foundation of Computer Games was also on hand with a booth.
Amir Tarbyatjoui, head of Parsan Business Development Solutions, acknowledged that the current political situation makes Iran's entry into the global game biz a challenge:
We need more investors. The [US] sanctions do affect our industry, but they cannot stop it.
We are using this event to promote what is happening in the Iranian games industry. We believe we have more potential and we want to promote that potential...
It is difficult given the relations between Iran and the USA. Certainly all of us here today will be at E3 next year, but there will not be a dedicated Iran stand such as you see in Cologne today.
Ras Games exec Bahram Borgheai told the BBC that Iranian culture has a unique mythology that has not yet been seen in video games:
Persia has been around for a very long time. What we have is something quite unique and we are using the event in Cologne to show that to the world.
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Via: Iran Quest