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LEVEL UP KL 2018 Ends with a Big Bang!

  • The final day of LUKL 2018 celebrates the SEA Game Awards 2018, SEA Game Jam 2018 and the IPCC Awards 2018 winners
  • Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman made surprise visit to witness MoU signing and meet 12-year-old Muhammad Thaqif who developed his own shooting game

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 October 2018 - The LEVEL UP KL 2018 ends with a big bang on Wednesday, with Southeast Asian game studios and newcomers bringing home amazing prizes as part of the SEA Game Awards 2018, SEA Game Jam 2018 and the IPCC Awards 2018.

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Winners of the SEA Game Awards 2018, SEA Game Jam 2018 and the IPCC Awards 2018 pictured with Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC and Hasnul Hadi, Vice President Creative Content & Technologies Division of MDEC at the LEVEL UP KL 2018

Held for the 2nd year in running, the prestigious regional SEA Game Awards was created to recognize and celebrate the creativity, artistry and technical genius of the finest developers and games from around this region, in addition to upholding creative and technical excellence in the Southeast Asian video game industry. Over 100 game submissions were received from studios all across the region, including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

AWARD NAME WINNER
Grand Jury Award No Straight Roads, Metronomik, Malaysia
Rising Star Award Songbird Symphony, Joysteak Studios, Singapore
Best Technology Nightstream, Streamline Games, Malaysia
Best Visual Art She And The Light Bearer, Mojiken Studio, Indonesia
Best Game Design RE:Legend , Magnus Games Studio, Malaysia
Best Audio Songbird Symphony, Joysteak Studios, Singapore
Best Storytelling Coffee Talk, Toge Productions, Indonesia
Best Innovation Simulacra: Pipe Dreams, Kaigan Games, Malaysia
Best Student Game Terminus Lockdown, Glenmarie Games From KDU University College, Malaysia
Audience Choice Award Iteno - Why Creative, Malaysia
The winning studios and games are:

In addition, the event also celebrated top three winners from the SEA Game Jam session – a 36-hours game jam, which saw promising games developers from the region create games in a collaborative environment under a tight deadline. 

The winning teams and game are:
PLACING PROJECT TITLE TEAM NAME / MEMBERS
1st Prize – RM 6,000 It Will Be Mine Team C
- Nikko Soetjoadi
- Loh Chang Zhen
- Haikal Izzuddin
- Ruby Lee Hock Siang
- Khor Zee Yee
2nd Prize – RM 3,000 Perfect Life Team E
- Chia Pek Harn
- Muhammad Abdul Karim
- Hafiz Azman
- Syahami
- Chew Tong Sim
3rd Prize – RM 1,000 Chasing Dreams Team A
- Justin Oon Chun Xiong
- Alvin Tjhie
- Kevin Lau Lee Yong
- Narendra Arief Nugraha
- Sayeed Mohammad Muntasir
- Aida Afiqah

The event also saw the announcement of Intellectual Property Creators' Challenge (IPCC) 2018 - Commercial Ready Game winners. First introduced in 2006, IPCC provides a platform for local talents to hone their creativity and accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative, world standard digital content as well as increasing the creation of intellectual property. Through the programme, local talents can receive funding, and better opportunities to penetrate the local and global digital content market. Each winners in this category received a grant valued at RM50,000 and an Adobe Creative Cloud license. 

The winning titles and studios are:
PROJECT TITLE COMPANY NAME
The Plight : Prologue Cellar Vault Games
Ageless Bala Vicknesh A/L S Ravichanthiran
Rokudo Heaven Tales Entertainment
Monsoon Merchants Centaur Games
Mecha Royale Online Illogical Games

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman at LEVEL UP KL 2018

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(from left) Rafiq Razali, Chief Executive Officer of Media Prima Digital, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC and Hazman Hassan, Chief Executive Officer, Kitamen Resources Sdn Bhd

With many new games announced at LEVEL UP KL 2018, the Conference was not complete without a mention of eSports. To commemorate the role played by Media Prima Digital and Kitamen in championing the eSports scene in Malaysia, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to embark on a partnership to boost the eSports industry from multiple fronts. The signing was witnessed by Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC and Yang Berhormat Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports.

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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports and Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC pictured with Muhammad Thaqif (second from left) and his family at LEVEL UP KL 2018

The minister’s visit was also a special one for the twelve-year-old Muhammad Thaqif, who made headlines after developing a first-person shooting game at an internet cafe with the hope of selling it for RM1 to ease his mother’s burden. Screenshots of Thaqif’s post stating his game was deleted as it was thought a virus went viral and eventually drew the attention of the minister, who retweeted a request to meet the talented boy. The special meeting was arranged at LEVEL UP KL 2018 with the hope to provide encouragement to Thaqif to pursue his passion in games making.

For more information on LEVEL UP KL 2018, please visit the official website at http://levelupkl.com/.

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About LEVEL UP KL
LEVEL UP KL is an annual South East Asia Games Developers conference led by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to drive the growth of games industry in Malaysia and the region. It seeks to be the premier platform for the region that brings 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.
For more information on LEVEL UP KL, please visit http://levelupkl.com/.

About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.), an agency incorporated 20 years ago under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, spearheads the development of Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Its mission is centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.

MDEC is also responsible for ensuring that Malaysia continues to develop digital innovation and nurture local information, communications and technology (ICT) talent, while attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in the country.
To know more about MDEC’s efforts and initiatives in driving Digital economy, please visit www.mdec.my. or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/MyMDEC and Twitter at @mymdec