Fourteen Malaysian game studios have been nominated in the upcoming inaugural International Mobile Gaming Awards Southeast Asia (IMGA SEA), set to be held on 8th November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. The local studios will be competing against 78 other developers and studios based in Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam for the Grand Prix award, among others.
Supported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the studios will be judged by an all-star judging panel of international mobile gaming experts and journalists, such as Ian Gregory (Witching Hour Studios), Kadri Ugand (Gamefounders), Alexander Fernandez (Streamline Studios), Alysia Judge (IGN) and Joony Koo as the Chairman of the Jury.
Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, MDEC’s Director of Creative Content and Technology commented, “I am proud that Malaysia has one of the highest number of submissions and I am looking forward to check out the best games and see the winners personally. I believe this is one of the ways to foster network and friendship of developers within the Southeast Asia for future collaboration and bring up the quality of the game industry.”
Maarten Noyons, founder and CEO of IMGA reiterated, “We have been blown away by the interest and quality of submissions from developers in Southeast Asia this year and I look forward to selecting the final winners for the first IMGA SEA.” He also revealed that the public can vote for their favourite game online for the People Choice’s Award.
The IMGA is the longest standing mobile games award program started in 2004. With its long history and unique judging process, it has recognized some of the world’s most popular titles in their early days, such as Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. It is the only competition that unites the industry by celebrating excellence and innovation in games.
Full list of Malaysian Finalists: