KUALA LUMPUR, 10 November 2017 – The games community in Malaysia and the Southeast Asia will benefit from closer regional collaborations and support from corporate partners including Google, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Unity Technologies and Media Prima Labs. Announced by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) at its third annual LEVEL UP KL 2017 Conference on Wednesday, the agency said that the collaborations are part of Malaysia’s effort in building a vibrant ecosystem for the regional games development industry in Kuala Lumpur.
These cross-border collaborations with games associations and corporate partners from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Indonesia will see the countries working together to drive the content creation business through talent development, ecosystem funding, community acceleration and global outreach.
Speaking at the event, Kellie Liu, Project Manager, Taipei Computer Association said “It is a great honour for us to be here, participating in LEVEL UP. Thanks to MDEC, Taipei Game Show has been partnering LEVEL UP since 2016. With this partnership, we hope to enhance the games industry communication between Taiwan and Malaysia, and help them to find more business opportunities.”
At the event, MDEC also spoke of LEVEL UP Inc, an incubator space for starting game makers, indie developers and small to medium game start-ups, that will provide comprehensive support for talent development and business enhancements, complete with a customised brainstorming room, and high-end games lab. LEVEL UP Inc is a joint initiative with UOA Group, located on the same floor with the company’s newly opened co-working space, Komune. The facility will see technology and games partners like Google, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Unity Technologies and Media Prima Labs coming in to provide resources and platforms for cutting-edge games development.
Sharing on their involvement with LEVEL UP Inc, Arata Naito, Head of Product Management, Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SIES) said that the company sees high potential in Malaysia, having contributed to the development of several AAA games including Uncharted 4, Street Fighter V, Monsters of the Deep and Final Fantasy XV. The company will be providing LEVEL UP Inc with PlayStation 4 development kits to encourage Malaysia developers to create more games for the PlayStation 4.
SEA Game Award Winners Announced
At the event, MDEC also announced the winners of its inaugural Southeast Asia Game Award. Oorganised by MDEC and supported by Media Prima Labs, the award recognises the outstanding, artistic, creative, technical and gameplay achievements in the games industry in the South East Asia Region.
Divided into two sections, the first part of the award celebrated top three winners from the SEA Game Jam session – a 36-hours game jam, organised by MDEC and the Malaysian chapter of International Game Developers Association (IGDA Malaysia), which saw promising games developers from the region create games in a collaborative environment under a tight deadline. Powered by Media Prima Labs, the challenge this year was to create mobile apps based on Media Prima’s Ejen Ali or Mak Cun.
After a rigorous judging session involving 87 participants and a total of 21 games submission, team #16 were announced as first place winners. Coming in second is team #5, followed by team #18 in third place. The winners – a mix of participants from Malaysia and Indonesia – brought back cash prizes worth RM16, 000, 1-year subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud, and will have the opportunity to fine tune their games for further development with the support from Media Prima Labs. Fist place winner, team #16 also received the latest EPSON Moverio BT-300 developer edition smart glasses.
The SEA Game Jam winner details are as below:
|Grand Prize Winner – Team 16|
|1||Lai Ze Ren||Malaysia||Programmer|
|2||Teo Jia Luen||Malaysia||Programmer|
|4||Kevin Yeoh Lai Chuan||Malaysia||Artist|
|Second Prize Winner – Team 5|
|2||Hafiz Azman||Malaysia||Programmer / Composer|
|3||Ng Chen Hon||Malaysia||Programmer|
|4||Khairool Bakhtiar Bin Baihaqi||Malaysia||Artist|
|Third Prize Winner – Team 18|
|2||Mohamed Affian bin Che Mohamed Onn||Malaysia||Programmer|
|3||Nabilah Raihan Zakaria||Malaysia||Artist|
The most anticipated announcements followed, as LEVEL UP KL announces the winners of the SEA Game Award, involving over 75 game submissions – published and unpublished – from various indie game developers, studios, game publishers, and students across the region. 30 games were shortlisted as finalists to compete in the 10 award categories.
The full list of SEA Game Award winners are as below:
|Best Technology Award||Project Xandata||The Studio of Secret6 Inc.||Philippines|
|Best Visual Art||My Lovely Daughter||Toge Productions||Indonesia|
|Best Gameplay||Infectonator 3: Apocalypse||Toge Productions||Indonesia|
|Best Audio||Rhythm Doctor||7th Beat Games||Malaysia|
|Best Storytelling||Simulacra||Kaigan Games||Malaysia|
|Best Innovation||Simulacra||Kaigan Games||Malaysia|
|Best Rising Star||Re:Legend||Magnus Games Studio Sdn Bhd||Malaysia|
|Best Student Game||Apploid: Ballfare||One Last Game Production||Malaysia|
|Audience Choice||Ejen Ali : Emergency||Common Extract||Malaysia|
|Grand Jury Award||Infectonator 3: Apocalypse||Toge Productions||Indonesia|
Each category winner received a trophy from MDEC and 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Software subscription sponsored by Adobe.
For more information on LEVEL UP KL 2017, please visit the official website at http://levelupkl.com/.