Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Quest for Upgrades

Philippine online game publisher Level Up! recently negotiated with Argosy Partners to offer financing for local 'Net café hardware upgrades. This move could be partly motivated by Level-Up's upcoming offering of the full-3D MMORPG R.O.S.E. Online.

Furthermore, Level-Up is also planning to tie up with local ISPs to offer lower broadband rates, and resell DSL.

Good to see online gaming driving the growth of 'Net cafés and broadband in the Philippines. Koreans are not only some the world's best gamers; through their 30,000 'Net cafés with 1.2 million seats, and one broadband line for every four people, they're also one of the world's most connected populations.

Perhaps gaming will bring us closer to replicating Korea's broadband revolution.

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