MDEC to host Malaysia's 2-in-1 virtual gaming event

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is organising a dual satellite event - Level Up Spacebar and Level Up Play-One - in June, 2020.

Aimed at exploring and developing the country's gaming industry, both events are designed to attract both businesses and the public alike.

The Level Up Spacebar, which will run on June 16, 2020, is targeted at businesses and game publishers, while the Level Up Play-One is a gaming festival that is open to the public, and will run on June 13 and 14, 2020.

According to MDEC, as both events will be hosted online, anyone can take part from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Besides that, MDEC will also be collaborating with Astro's eGG Network to extend selected broadcast streams around Malaysia and its neighbouring countries. The content streams will be mostly from the Level Up Play-One webinars.

It is expected that more than 16 speakers from across the region – renowned streamers to esports operators – will be sharing their knowledge about esports opportunities and challenges during the pandemic.

As for the games that will be streamed during the 12-hour official broadcast on Facebook Gaming, there will be a diverse range of local and global major video game titles. All of them will offer something for everyone, from casual gamers to sports enthusiasts, and core fans of competitive titles.

"The world has been in isolation for weeks now due to the pandemic. Even so, there are multiple gaming events taking place now on the global and regional fronts. As MDEC, we will take the lead in creating an event that all gamers can get into," said MDEC vice president, Digital Creative Content, Hasnul Hadi Samsudin.

"After all, we want to show the public our continuous support by hosting Level Up Play-One. The main aim is to help our fellow countrymen, and gamers around Southeast Asia, feel less isolated by continuing to push the local, and regional, gaming industry. Join us as we showcase and play games of all varieties, from AAA types to popular titles that our fellow Asean game developers worked on, and big hits that our fellow Malaysians made," he said.

As Malaysia's video games development industry has become the focal point for Southeast Asia, with multiple global studios setting up around Kuala Lumpur, MDEC said the country is now striving towards being a global powerhouse.

In doing so, it aims to take this thriving sector to the next level through empowering various related market segments, attract more investments, and create more job opportunities for digital talents. In many ways, this embodies the vision of transforming Malaysia into the Heart of Digital Asean.

Astro's Head of Sports, eGG Network, CK Lee, said Level Up Play-One is exactly what gamers in the region need at this moment.

"eGG Network has been engaging our fans with the 'Stay Home' message throughout this pandemic via our content streams. We hope that all gaming fans in the region will tune in and enjoy the digital festivities and content we have in store at Level Up Play-One," he said.

Level Up Play-One will showcase the latest games created by Malaysian studios and publishers during its two-day run. Part of the event will see game enthusiasts and professional players all over the world being able to download and play the games, share it via social media and stand a chance to win exclusive gifts.

Additionally, online tournaments will also be planned and enable players to compete in locally made games and win prize pools of more than RM10,000 in cash.

Prospective gamers can register now via Level Up KL's website to secure their place in Level Up Play-One.

Source: New Straits Times

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