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NBI Raids Anino Games for Piracy

Filipino video game developer Anino Games Inc. is currently on hot water after the raid of the National Bureau of Investigation last August 22nd 2008. The raid was a result of the complaint filed by AutoDesk at the NBI's Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division.

NBI confiscated 36 computers installed with alleged illegal copies of AutoDesk applications which include 3D Studio Max 2008, 3D Studio Max 9, Maya 8.5, AutoCAD 2008, Maya 2008 and Combustion 4.

Anino Games President Niel Dagondon released the following statement to after the raid, "the company has always been willing to work with AutoDesk... "[A]ttacks such as these are damaging not just to Anino and its staff but to the entire Philippine creative and outsourcing industry in general. This has a negative effect not only on Anino's operations but to the reputation of Philippine offshore service providers as a whole composed of dollar-earning companies whose clients are mainly based abroad"

Anino Games is a third-party game developer specializing in end-to-end game development for the PC, Nintendo DS, and mobile phone platforms. We are the pioneer and largest game development studio in the Philippines, with 50 developers and award-winning original IP such as Anito: Defend A Land Enraged (IGF 2004), Anima Wars (IMGA 2006), Anito: Tersiago’s Wrath ( Nokia Series60 challenge, Singapore 2003), Deep Interactive Pursuit ( Best Casual Game nominee in the 2007 Int’l Mobile Gaming Awards), and Word Archery (Indie Game Showcase 2007).

We also have a strong background in Cinematics (Full-Motion-Videos) and art outsourcing – with expertise in 2D concept art, storyboarding, 3D modeling, shader programming, texturing and normal maps.

We have a 100% English-speaking staff who are passionate about games and are familiar with both Eastern and Western culture. Our uncompromising perfectionism for our work is not hampered by the cost-effective budgets we offer to clients.

Anino has been developing on the Nintendo DS platform since September 2007; we are one of the few authorized Nintendo DS developers in Southeast Asia. Our latest releases include:

* Pat Sajak’s Linked Letters (PC)
* ESPN’s Winter X (Mobile)
* Puzzle Quest Expansion (XBLA Art Outsourcing)
* Cabela’s Big Game Hunter (Intro Cinematics)


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