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LEVEL UP KL 2017 Ends With More Collaborations!

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.”

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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.

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The LEVEL UP KL 2017 Conference Details Revealed!

LEVEL UP KL is coming back this November! As South-East Asia’s premier gaming conference, LEVEL UP KL 2017 presents a unique opportunity that brings together top professionals from the video games and creative content industry – game publishers, studio producers, content artists, and talents – all in one place to drive the growth of industry in Malaysia and across South-East Asia.


The LEVEL UP KL 2017 Conference Details Revealed!

What Is LEVEL UP KL 2017?

LEVEL UP KL is an annual South East Asia Games Developers conference led by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), with the mandate to develop the games and creative content industry.

The goal of this conference is to provide a platform for the region and bring together the local, regional, and international community of games developers, publishers, and technology providers to gather, learn, and share the latest information of content development technologies and business trends in the industry.

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When & Where Is LEVEL UP KL 2017?

LEVEL UP KL will run from 4th – 9th November 2017 at :

Bangsar South City,
7, Jalan Kerinchi
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Who Will Be At LEVEL UP KL 2017?

Over 40 notable speakers will be at LEVEL UP KL this year including Wan Hazmer from Square Enix, Danny Koo from Marvel Entertainment, Brian Recktenwald from Naughty Dog, Grayson Chalmers from Riot Games and many more. We also have local speakers such as Desmond Lee from Appxplore, and Falk Au Yeong from SoundtRec Malaysia.

There will also be more than 60 exhibitors including the finalists of the South East Asia Game Awards, studios and participants from regional association such as Asosiasi Game Indonesia (AGI), Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the Singapore Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and many more.

How Do I Get Into LEVEL UP KL 2017?

You can sign up for LEVEL UP KL 2017, at the following prices :

  • 2-day Conference @ RM800 / ~US$ 190
  • Game Design Workshop @ RM100 / ~US$ 24
  • Concept Art Design Workshop @ RM100 / ~US$ 24
  • Environment Art Creation For AAA Games Workshop @ RM100 / ~US$ 24

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Ian Livingstone – The Past, Present & Future of the Game Industry

Level Up KL 2016 was a great opportunity for game developers in Asia to meet up, and learn from each other. Industry luminaries like Wan Hazmer and Rami Ismail gave talks on creating a triple A game title like Final Fantasy XV, and how a new developer can survive the development of their first game.

But MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) saved the best for last – Ian Livingstone CBE. We were so fortunate to be able to meet him in person, and listen to him talk about the past, present and future of the game industry. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Ian Livingstone On The Past, Present And Future Of The Game Industry

On 11 November 2016, we were invited to a special session with Ian Livingstone CBE. You may know him as the co-founder of Games Workshop and the roleplaying gamebooks – Fighting Fantasy. He was also the Life President of Eidos, and helped bring Tomb Raider to life.

With over 40 years of experience in the game industry, his life experience is truly the stuff of legends. And he kindly shared that with us in his hour-long talk.

Ian Livingstone was not just part of the explosion of the roleplaying genre in the 70s, he was also a pioneer. With Steve Jackson, he created the White Dwarf gaming magazine and the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. And both of them (with Bryan Ansell) then founded Citadel Miniatures.

Ian Livingstone now divides his time between nurturing new game developers, and the Livingstone Foundation (which he founded). He is recognised as one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry, and listed in the 2015 Debrett’s 500 of most influential people in UK. He has also won a slew of awards like the BAFTA Special Award, the British Inspiration Award and the Develop Legend Award.

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Q&A On The Game Industry In Emerging Markets

At the end of his talk, Ian Livingstone graciously sat down for a Q&A session with members of the media and students who were lucky enough to be part of the session. Joining him at the Q&A session was Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, the Director of Creative Content & Technologies, MDEC.

We hope you enjoyed the insights Ian Livingstone shared with us. We are certainly very glad we had the opportunity to meet and listen to him.


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