By : Vikneswaran Ramalingam
Editor : Nasuha Mizam
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 NOV - Level Up KL along with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), co-organized Level Up Play on 9th and 10th November 2019, which was held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre starting from 10am till 7pm.
Level Up KL is the biggest game festival in Malaysia organized by MDEC, with the mandate to spearhead the digital economy in Malaysia.
The goal is to create a platform for gamers, public, game developers, corporate and esports to leverage on the biggest entertainment market as the key of economic growth in the region
Level Up Play is the public segment of the Level Up KL week, a week-long activities are designed to inspire and celebrate Video Games culture in Malaysia. A showcase of all the talent, effort and breakthrough of the Malaysian games industry.
One of the Level Up Play founders, Nyssa Saharuddin said the event, was held to bring together gamers and game developers across Malaysia.
“We are truely happy to be the one that created this platform as a bridge to connect gamers and game developers to a better understanding of the process and demand of gamers to further upgrade the gaming industries”.
Aliff Jantan said as a gamer he has always wanted to meet the man behind every game he has played so far.
“Growing up playing games i have always wanted to meet the man behind the game just to tell how i feel, thanks to Level Up Play i can meet them personally and get to know more about the gaming industry and its details”.
Larian Studios’ co-founder and CEO Swen Vincke, who was present during Level Up KL Biz 2019, says that the Malaysian studio will be helping with the development of Baldur’s Gate 3.
The studio uses a development system where multiple studios across the world work together by passing work to different time zones, which allows the developers avoid the dreaded “crunch” (industry term for long overtime work conditions) as well as speed up development.
This system has allowed Larian to develop Divinity: Original Sin II in two years – a great achievement for an RPG of its scope. The company has been looking east to expand this system and Malaysia has been selected as a home.
“At the end of the day, we looked at Malaysia and saw that there was great government support; that people spoke English, and there’s a lot of talent present here and it’s still growing. There’s good infrastructure of schools that are willing to improve [games development] also,” Vincke says.
Level Up Play 2019 is just a small taste of what Malaysian game developers have to offer which is already quite impressive.