Malaysia is probably not the first country you think of when discussing the video game industry. However, for those in the know, Malaysian talent has worked on some of the biggest video game releases in recent years – including Final Fantasy XV, Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4, and many other AAA titles.
As the landscape continues to evolve with better technology and more computing power, the video game industry is poised to revolutionise entertainment, driving efficiency, innovation, and disrupting other sectors of the economy. Local game studios are also evolving from being outsourcing suppliers to becoming mainstream developers in their own right.
To bring the industry together, the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation has organised LEVEL UP KL, an annual ASEAN games industry event to drive the growth of the video gaming industry in Malaysia and the region.
At LEVEL UP KL, several studios took to the stage to announce their latest intellectual properties that have already earned kudos at other events in Paris and Tokyo among others. Among the titles announced were ‘No Straight Roads’ by Metronomik, ‘Eximius: Seize the Frontline’ by Ammobox Studios, and ‘Bake & Switch’ by Streamline Games.
Speaking at the event, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC said, “LEVEL UP KL serves to bring awareness and validity to the potential of the Southeast Asian gaming industry. Our sights have remained clear on driving this robust and dynamic industry, and we believe it is the time for the industry to revolutionise our games approach beyond pure entertainment.”
The event also saw speakers and participants on topics like gamification for corporates, e-sports, growing your indie development company, and many more. Capping the event off will be the SEA Game Awards 2018, taking place on 31 October 2018 to mark the end of the event.