Last Friday, The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) welcomed YB Datuk Seri Dr. Salleh Said Keruak, Minister at the Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) to LEVEL UP Inc, a freshly launched incubator space for upcoming video game start-ups to “collaborate, support and accelerate businesses – in Bangsar South.”
Announced way back in November 2016, LEVEL UP Inc is “created to offer promising game developers and smaller studios with the necessary resources to kick-start their journey in the games industry. The aesthetically-pleasing facility is created for starting game makers, indie developers and small to medium games start-ups, with the aim of providing these budding talents with comprehensive support that will drive the local games creation market.”
Designated as the country’s games production hub, LEVEL UP Inc occupies a 6,000 square feet space, fully equipped with customised brainstorming rooms, high-end game lab and boast an impressive regional and corporate partners including Google, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Unity Technologies, Discovery Nusantara Capital, Nitro.Live, Tokyo Contents Incubation Center, and Media Prima Labs.
LEVEL UP Inc is currently home to up-and-coming game developers:
- Magnus Games – Currently developing Re:Legend
- NightMorning – Creators of Nez and Uba. Currently developing History Inc.
- Metronomik – Currently in development of a new game
- Game Taiko – Creators of a lot of mobile games
- 7th Beat Games – Currently developing rhythmdr
- Weyrdworks Studio – Creators of Super Steampuff. Currently working on WarPods
- Weraku Games – Creators of a lot of mobile games. Currently working on Tim the Explorer, Super Stick Badminton and CaveGuys
- Pixels Tail – Creators of a lot of mobile games.
- Kaigan Games – Creators of Simulacra
“Malaysia’s ICT industry has developed into one of the most important economic sectors and we are confident that the trend we observe in this industry today will continue to expand with more of the younger generation of Malaysians making their mark through games. It is the vision of our Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak to focus on growing the digital economy in Malaysia and we are happy that eSports are also today recognised as a new industry that promises a variety of opportunities. My visit here today is to reaffirm our support for the games industry, with the hope that we may someday see the games produced at LEVEL UP Inc played competitively globally.” said YB Datuk Seri Dr. Salleh Said Keruak.
Present at the event was also MDEC CEO Datuk Yasmin Mahmood and Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Vice President of the Creative Content and Technologies division. Both sides traded some views on Malaysia’s games industry development and how this emerging industry (with so much potential) alongside esports could farm positive revenue for the country.