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STRESSING that online gaming is an important and fast-growing business sector in the Philippines, the head of the country's Department of Trade and Industry welcomed the entry of the first localized massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the free-to-play model.
"Some of our officials in Congress are taking a close look at online gaming, because some of these might be forms of online gambling. But this is not the case here. It is good that IPVG is bringing in this new content and new form of entertainment," Trade Secretary Peter B. Favila said in a brief speech at the official launch of the online game portal e-games.com.ph on Dec. 6 in Makati City.