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 KL 2017. 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.”
The LEVEL UP Inc
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.