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Epic Announces Epic China Outsourcing Division recaps a talk at the Tokyo Games Show by Epic's Jay Wilbur in which he comments on Japan's reluctance to embrace middleware for game development and reveals Epic Games China and plans to shanghai some jobs to Shanghai as part of this new outsourcing division in an effort at controlling costs:

According to Wilbur, one of the keys to Epic's carefully managed staff size is the way that the company has outsourced content. Epic's teams were claimed to be 50% or smaller on average than the industry norm, with Gears Of War's average team size over its development life listed as being just 30 developers.

Hence, Epic has initiated the setting up of the Shanghai-based division, which is run by a team responsible for content development at high-profile studios including Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai, reportedly including former Ubisoft Shanghai studio head Paul Meegan. The people behind Epic China have worked on titles in the Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, and Ghost Recon franchises, and Wilbur indicated that Epic itself is outsourcing to Epic Games China for low-cost, high quality game assets, but it will also be available to other developers.

Why China for Epic, and why now? Wilbur explained that the cost per man month (including overhead) to produce games in North America is around $9,000, and in Europe and Japan, it's $8,500 per man month. But costs per man month in China are less than $4,000 - hence Epic's choice to keep its core team at Epic's NC offices, but outsource significant amounts of art creation for its games.

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37. Re: Bah. Sep 24, 2006, 16:10 galewind
 
Globalization is lifting hundreds of millions of people in 3rd world countries out of poverty. It is creating new job opportunities in the developed world as 3rd world countries industrialize and have more demand for technology and raw materials. It is NOT a zero sum game, and I am sorry if you are hurt by it. However it is here to stay so stop bitching and figure out how you can succeed in the modern world.

How do you figure? I continue to hear and read about INCREASING poverty in third-world countries, and how we STILL don't have a significant amount of things like running water and health care there.

What we seem to be doing here is taking buckets of jobs in the US and sprinkling them throughout the world, hoping that somehow it will make fruit and we will reap the rewards. The truth of the matter is that the sprinkling only marginally helps in these other countries, and the only people who reap the rewards are the companies that outsource. They may reduce their own costs, but this only results in an INCREASE in profit, not a reduction in cost for the consumer.
With the buckets of jobs removed, we find that our unemployment rates increase (as they have in NJ, at least). This makes it more difficult to keep the food on the table.

But it goes much deeper than that, as well. Keep in mind -- many of these people now have to settle for lower-paying service jobs, yet the cost of living continues to increase. Property taxes, utility inflation, even the cost of food is increasing. I am hard-pressed to find a student who has a stay-at-home mom or dad in school nowadays.

Is outsourcing the sole contributor to this? No. But it isn't helping matters either.

 
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