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This article was first posted on MDEC, https://www.mdec.my/news/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.

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.

Grand Jury AwardNo Straight Roads, Metronomik, Malaysia
Rising Star AwardSongbird Symphony, Joysteak Studios, Singapore
Best TechnologyNightstream, Streamline Games, Malaysia
Best Visual ArtShe And The Light Bearer, Mojiken Studio, Indonesia
Best Game DesignRE:Legend , Magnus Games Studio, Malaysia
Best AudioSongbird Symphony, Joysteak Studios, Singapore
Best StorytellingCoffee Talk, Toge Productions, Indonesia
Best InnovationSimulacra: Pipe Dreams, Kaigan Games, Malaysia
Best Student GameTerminus Lockdown, Glenmarie Games From KDU University College, Malaysia
Audience Choice AwardIteno – Why Creative, Malaysia

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. 

1st Prize – RM 6,000It Will Be MineTeam C
– Nikko Soetjoadi
– Loh Chang Zhen
– Haikal Izzuddin
– Ruby Lee Hock Siang
– Khor Zee Yee
2nd Prize – RM 3,000Perfect LifeTeam E
– Chia Pek Harn
– Muhammad Abdul Karim
– Hafiz Azman
– Syahami
– Chew Tong Sim
3rd Prize – RM 1,000Chasing DreamsTeam 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 Plight : PrologueCellar Vault Games
AgelessBala Vicknesh A/L S Ravichanthiran
RokudoHeaven Tales Entertainment
Monsoon MerchantsCentaur Games
Mecha Royale OnlineIllogical Games


(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.

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.

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