The Annual Southeast Asian leading game industry event, Level Up KL 2018 Conference returned this year for the fourth time and Forest Interactive was part of the excitement. Anchored on the theme “Beyond Entertainment”, Level Up KL 2018 Conference showcased a dynamic conversation on expending the video game industry beyond revolutionizing entertainment, playing a role in driving efficiency, innovation and disrupting other sectors of the economy.
Time to revolve
As part of a larger five-day event, the two-day conference was held on 30th and 31st October at the Connexion Conference & Event Centre (CCEC) in Bangsar South organized by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). About a thousand local and international attendees made their way to the outstanding event.
Level Up KL serves to bring awareness and validity to the potential of the Southeast Asian gaming industry. Our sights have remained clear on driving this robust and dynamic industry, and we believe it is the time for the industry to revolutionise our games beyond pure entertainment. – Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC.
Forest Interactive Introduces Elfo at LevelUP KL
Level Up KL is a platform for the industry to share knowledge and drive meaningful conversations that could translate into future collaborations. As a multifaceted tech company that offers various services ranging from mobile Value-Added Services, telco platforms including a magnitude of games publishing and distribution, Forest Interactive took the opportunity to officially introduce one of its newest ventures, Elfo. Elfo is a spinoff Forest Interactive that focuses solely on providing digital marketing management through performance-driven, programmatic and creative solutions. Bringing Elfo to the conference allowed us to connect with studios and meet potential developers who are interested to push their market reach and capabilities further and attract new business opportunities.
Empowering the push for innovation in games development
Additionally, the Level Up KL conference this year also brought quite a few numbers of influential speakers. One of the most exciting talks was the panel session of ‘Women in Games’, led by four inspiring women from the industry; Gwen Go, Co-Founder of Imba Interactive, Anisa Sanusi, UI/UX Designer from Hutch Games, LeeYing Foo, UI Artist from Kaigan Games, and Fakhra Almansouri, CEO of Hybrid Humans. All of them come from different background and stories but they gathered for the same reason, for their love towards game technology development and also to inspire younger generations to pursue their passion for game technology, especially girls as the Southeast Asian games industry remains one of the hottest and fastest growing sectors, and the landscape continues to change with each new technology where the opportunities are boundless.
Other than that, the event was also graced by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Yang Berhormat Gobind Singh Deo, who commented,
“Malaysia is ready to embrace the new digital era known globally as Industry 4.0, and games development is part of that larger digital ecosystem. I am confident that MDEC, through its Level Up KL initiative, is on the right path to drive the Southeast Asian game business forward as an integral part of the global game industry.”
Look who we bumped into!
There at the event, we also got to meet with Muhammad Thaqif, the 12-year old boy who is a self-taught game developer whose story went viral and caught the attention of the gaming community in Malaysia as he relentlessly tried to develop a game at a local cyber cafe. Muhammad Thaqif was invited by MDEC to allow him to experience the games industry further with hopes to inspire his passion for games creation. He stopped by our booth and met our CEO, Johary Mustapha, who is the champion behind Forest Interactive’s collaboration with MDEC for LevelUp@Schools where we joined forces and took part in a series of workshops about game development for students. Check out the video below to know more about our LevelUp@Schools initiative: