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Yesterday, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announced the launch of the Malaysia Digital Creativity Festival (MYDCF) 2021. Combining the Kre8tif! animation initiative with the LEVEL UP KL video games conference into a single festival, the MYDCF will give companies and organizations a chance to show off their upcoming animations and video games virtually to the industry and the public.

The event will start off with a Business Conference & Networking portion, followed by the Gamified Expo, an event open to the public to check out the best of the region's digital creative content offerings. Similar to previous iterations, we'll get to see the usual Industry Conference, Business Connect Program, SEA Game Jam, workshops and more. There will also be the LEVEL UP KL Indie Pitch for game developers and Elevator Pitch for animation studios to pitch their projects to international investors and broadcasters.

A new addition to the event this year will be the Blockchain Bootcamp where attendees can attend to learn about the latest tech in the blockchain games ecosystem and NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

Here are some of the speakers who will be present at MYDCF 2021:

If you're keen on attending or being part of MYDCF 2021, head over to the official MDEC website to sign up. MDEC also announced the launch of the SEA Game Industry Research 2021 report. If you'd like some insight on the growth of SEA studios, the potential of growth and expansion in the region, and the state of the ecosystem, it will be available here on 22 September.

Level Up KL 2020 was one of the most happening video game/esports conventions in Malaysia, with high-octane competitions like the FIGHT Call of Duty Mobile tournament taking place during the wholly-digital event. It is in this free-for-all COD Mobile series where Klasiko Rampage emerged as champions.

From left: Iman Hosseini Abdul Halim (Klasiko Revamp), Izhar Bahri Faiz (Klasiko Rampage), Fathurrahman Zaidul Adzhar (1Percent).

Klasiko Rampage defeated Traitor Esports in a series of Domination and Team Deathmatch games, proving themselves to be an unstoppable force of lead and gunpowder. As the winners, the five-man squad won the champion’s share of the RM5,000 and 20,000 Call of Duty Points (CP) total prize pool, and Traitor Esports and 1Percent settled for runner-ups and second runner-ups spot, respectively.

FIGHT COD Mobile Grand Finals was livestreamed
on FIGHT’s Facebook page.

FIGHT COD Mobile adopted an online format, just like the virtualised premier digital games festival it’s a part of. The series ran from 2 to 29 November, with the Grand Finals on 28 and 29 November.

The FIGHT COD Mobile tournament was a joint partnership between Forest Interactive’s esports development platform, Forest Interactive Gaming Habitat Team (FIGHT), their gaming wallet platform, Wallet Codes, and Garena, as part of their initiative to propel the Malaysian esports scene.

Great news for those of you who've been looking forward to the SEA Game Awards, it's just around the corner! The annual award show, which is part of Level UP KL, has been running since 2016 and will offer game developers a prestigious title and recognition for all the hard work and effort they've put into their submitted titles.

This year, there were 109 entries submitted, with 45 from Malaysia, 42 from Indonesia, 11 from the Philippines, 5 from Thailand, 3 from Singapore and 3 from Vietnam. 40 games have been shortlisted, and all of them are available for the audience to check out before casting their votes for the Audience Choice Award. There will be 10 awards in total, with the others being the Grand Jury Award, Rising Star Award, Best Technology, Best Visual Art, Best Game Design, Best Audio, Best Storytelling, Best Innovation, and Best Student Game.

What's special about this year's edition of the SEA Game Awards is while it's completely virtual, it will also be broadcasted on Tiktok - the first-of-its-kind collaboration in Malaysia. It will also feature Malaysian and international talents who are influential on the platform, including Meo2k4, deejaysoda, Rendy Rangers, Alice, Thames, and MissAlvy.

If you've been waiting for the high-anticipated industry awards show be sure to tune in to eGG Network (Astro CH800), ASTRO Hello (AstroCH 702), and TikTok on 27 November 2020 at 8pm. It's going to be really exciting and something you don't want to miss!

LEVEL UP KL 2020: PLAY DAY makes returns for its second edition courtesy of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). The event will be held virtually over two weeks, from 16 to 29 November. This includes several signature programmes such as the major esports finals and the SEA Game Awards that will be held on 27 November.

Gamers and the general public will be able to enjoy a plethora of workshops, games showcases as well as main stage live-streams that feature industry stalwarts from Malaysia and around the world.

SEA Game Showcase | 1 - 29 November

A showcase of the top games developed in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It will also include the 40 SEA Game Awards nominees, promotions and featured streams for selected titles.

Gamified Expo | 16 - 29 November

A unique way to experience the expo like a game. Players can interact with game developers and brands that are present in the app. Features include customisable avatars, mini-quests and bonuses. Digital exhibitors will be able to display custom-made booths, work with live-stream integrations and participate in the app’s reward systems.

SEA Game Awards | 27 November

10 categories of awards are up for grabs for the best game developers in Southeast Asia.

LEVEL UP KL Stream | 28 - 29 November

A variety of main stage events and celebrity esports show matches that will also feature renowned speakers in the digital games industry.

LEVEL UP KL Esports Match | 22 - 29 November

Featuring esports tournaments for various categories with accumulative prizes of up to RM100,000.

“Mark your calendars, as Malaysia’s ultimate games convention is truly a not-to-be-missed event! This convention serves as a melting pot of ideas, engagements and opportunities that is vital to sustaining the excitement surrounding the regional games industry,” said Mohan Low, Acting General Manager, Digital Creative Content, MDEC.

Fans can catch all the event activities being live-streamed via the official LEVEL UP KL 2020: PLAY DAY app. For more info about LEVEL UP KL 2020 and how to register, do check out their official website.

If you're a hardcore Call of Duty (COD) Mobile player or looking to step inside the mobile esports sphere without forking out any entry money, the FIGHT COD Mobile tournament at Level Up KL 2020 is one you and your soldier buddies should join!

The COD Mobile competition features a total prize pool of RM 5,000 and 20,000 Call of Duty Points (CP) worth RM800 up for grabs. FIGHT COD Mobile will also be adopting an online format, just like the virtualised premier digital games festival it's a part of. The series will run from 2 to 29 November, with the Grand Finals happening 28 and 29 November.

The FIGHT COD Mobile tournament is a joint partnership between Forest Interactive's esports development platform, Forest Interactive Gaming Habitat Team (FIGHT), their gaming wallet platform, Wallet Codes, and Garena, as part of their initiative to propel the Malaysian esports scene.

Wallet Codes and FIGHT are the returning official gaming wallet and esports partner, respectively, of Level Up KL 2020.

The former is an online platform for various in-game premium currencies including STEAM® Wallet, PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Diamonds, with Garena Shells as the latest addition to their catalogue. FIGHT, on the other hand, assists in building a supportive ecosystem to aid the growth and structure of gaming and esports.

Interested to get your game on? Register for the FIGHT COD Mobile Tournament right here before 3 November.

Following the footsteps of their events held earlier this year, MDEC has announced that this year's edition of LEVEL UP KL will also be a fully-virtual event. Publicly announced at a press conference this morning, Southeast Asia's premier digital games festival will run from 10 October to 22 November 2020.

This year, the event is expected to attract over 50,000 gamers, developers, distributors and visitors from around the world. Since it is now online-only, the conference will feature a schedule that's packed to the brim with activities such as the SEA Game Jam Online, Business Connections, Industry Conferences, Masterclass workshops, and Virtual Career Fairs. Game developers will also be showcasing their latest creations and will be competing for the coveted SEA Game Awards.

Since it started in 2015, LEVEL UP KL has grown from 372 attendees to 1,791 last year. With this year's edition being fully accessible through the internet, we can expect those numbers to skyrocket.

There's plenty of content for anyone and everyone interested in the games industry, check out the activity schedule below. Be sure to register yourself for events by visiting the official website. See you guys there!

EventDescriptionDate
SEA Game JamDigital games hackathon featuring 100 game developers from around Southeast Asia and beyond10-11 October
Business ConnectionOnline business meeting platform to connect game industry decision-makers with regional game companies.12-14 October
LEVEL UP KL: Biz


Business Expo: Virtual games industry trade expo for companies to promote product and services

Industry Conference: Games industry conference featuring top industry experts on the topics of game development, technology and commercialisation
14-15 October
Masterclass WorkshopsFeaturing industry stalwarts that share their workflow and tricks in producing in their key successful games in the market16-31 October
SEA Games ShowcaseExclusive promotion, demos and sales of top games developed in Southeast Asia19 October – 15 November
LEVEL UP KL Junior Cup 2020Esports Tournament for school children aged 13-17 to explore their talent in team gaming1-15 November
LEVEL UP KL E-commerce Expo SalesExciting e-commerce sales campaign for LEVEL UP KL to feature exhibitors’ products (games, toys)16-20 November
SEA Games AwardsRecognition of the top latest games developed in Southeast Asia20 November
Gamified ExpoExperience the expo as an adventure game unlocking the world as you play21-22 November
LEVEL UP Play DayA unique game experience for all – it even introduces an all-new live adventure game that participants can get into via the LEVEL UP KL app or software on PC16-22 November
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