Posted April 07, 2020 06:30:22The dream of playing video games on a tropical island and making money as a small-time video game designer has been crushed.
The video game industry, which was once a major business in the island nation of Dominica, was hit by a crippling economic downturn that left millions unemployed and the island economy in shambles, said Raul Lecuve, head of the local gaming industry.
The industry was once the biggest employer in the Caribbean and Lecupuve said he was stunned when Dominica’s economic recovery began in 2011 and Dominica is still one of the poorest countries in the world.
“It is like a dream come true, but we’re not seeing the fruits of our labor and that is really the saddest thing,” he said.
In the past decade, Dominica has experienced a massive economic recovery, and a government has launched a plan to create millions of jobs.
But for some businesses, the recovery has been slow.
“We are not seeing any economic growth.
And we are not getting any revenue from our businesses,” said Lecueva.
The island’s only remaining game publisher, Cossack Games, says it was forced to close its office in Dominica because of the economic downturn.
Cossack said the industry was in a financial crisis and that its profits had been cut in half.
“For some reason, Dominican businesses are losing their way, that is the sad truth,” said Cossacks founder, Jovanni Marques.
“The industry has been down for years, but it’s really bad for Dominica and it is hurting the country’s economy.”
The economic downturn has left Dominica a ghost town, with only a handful of small businesses operating in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
“People come here for the tourism and the casinos, but they are still struggling to make ends meet,” said Marques, who said he had never seen so many people working.
“If I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur, I have to find a way to earn a living,” he added.
“We have not seen any kind of change in Dominican culture or society.”
But the Dominican government is pushing forward with its plan to transform the island’s economy, including making it easier for people to start a small business.
“I think that the island is now in a better place than it was a decade ago,” said government minister of tourism and culture and head of state for the island, Lecua Dore.
“It is a good thing that we are finally getting to a point where we can start to create jobs and that we can support businesses.”
For the Dominicans, Dominicans have been forced to take the plunge into the video game market, which they believe is a game-changing experience that can help them to survive economically.
“Dominicans are more educated, more educated than we are.
Dominicans are not only better educated, they have more money,” said Dore, who is also a board member of the government-backed Dominican National Institute of Technology.”
The more people you have, the more money you will have, and the more games you can play, the better your country will be.”
The island of Dominico has a population of just over two million.
The government estimates that over the next decade, its population could grow to over a million.
Dominica has been trying to develop its own games for some time, and has even released a few of its own titles.
But with Dominicans having the lowest literacy rate in the region, few people have any idea what the games are.
“With Dominicans not having any knowledge about the games, they are not aware what is out there,” said one Dominican, who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation.
“They have no idea what they can do, they don’t know what they are capable of.”
This is why many Dominicans feel helpless, said D. J. Delgado, a professor at the University of Miami who specializes in the development of games.
“They are being thrown into this, without much of a clue,” he told Al Jazeera.
“In Dominica at least, the games have become more of a novelty than a form of entertainment.
They’re now a niche.”
Many Dominicans believe the island has been taken over by a foreign-backed government, which is attempting to create a virtual economy in which Dominicans will be forced to spend their hard-earned cash to pay for food and other necessities.
In fact, Delgado believes Dominicans may be willing to sacrifice their own survival to make Dominica more attractive to foreign investors.
“At this point, we are starting to see more Dominicans come to the island to work as part of the island government,” he explained.
“And I think it’s a very positive thing that Dominicans want to create this virtual economy.”
Dominican Prime Minister Jose Luis Almora has repeatedly said he would prefer Dominica to