Two full-days of conferences featuring top industry players from around the world, covering 5 conference tracks & both business and technical facets of various games development platform such as mobile, PC and console.
Sharpen your industry knowledge, explore new business models and get updates on the latest game development trends!
Chairperson Singapore Games Guild / Co-Founder IMBA Interactive
A twenty-year veteran of both film and video games, Michael Mumbauer has been on the forefront of narrative-based interactive entertainment. Michael has been a trusted partner for creators like Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Amy Hennig, Hideo Kojima and Neil Druckmann. During his tenure at Sony, Michael specialized in realistic digital characters, performance capture and digital cinematography, delivering some of the most memorable cinematic experiences in video games: "The Last of Us", "Uncharted 4", "God of War", "Death Stranding", "Beowulf", "Monster House" and "The Polar Express". Michael is in a unique position to influence the emerging trans-media revolution, blurring the line between interactive and non-interactive entertainment.
Chris Murphy is an Evangelist for Epic Games and founder of Pub Games, an independent Australian game developer, with game development credits across PC, Vive, Oculus, PS4, iOS and Android. Chris has over 10 years of experience with Unreal Engine, a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Multimedia, culminating in a broad skillset across a range of game development disciplines.
Chris’ role as Evangelist for Epic Games is to help independent game developers build successful games with Unreal Engine 4 through support, training and education.
Guy manages business development for Google Play Games & Apps in Southeast Asia and works with developers in the region to help them build successful global business. Prior to Google, he has worked extensively with leading developers and partners at leading tech companies in Asia Pacific at Samsung, TripAdvisor and eBay.
As a lead game designer for one of the world’s biggest video game developers, Wan Hazmer’s day-to-day job at Square Enix involves the imagining of fantastic worlds. Hazmer headed the “Culture” team, which is assigned to create and design cities for the award winning game Final Fantasy XV. Even more impressively, over 6.5 million units were shipped globally since launch day.
While others just play it, he oversees what goes into Final Fantasy XV’s large world. Simultaneously, he does his best to incorporate his proud Malaysian culture into the game. For instance, Lestallum is a town inspired by Malaysia’s Mamak stall culture, with appearances of staple breakfasts such as roti canai, satay and teh tarik. Wan Hazmer’s passion for video games is an innate quality, having been very critical about game design since very young. In 2008, he left his native city of Kuala Lumpur for Tokyo to learn Japanese.
He could write a ten-page proposal in Japanese by 2010, and thus used it as his stepping stone to get to where he is today. Now he challenges his game design with new VR technology for the upcoming title, Monster of the Deep: FINAL FANTASY XV. He remains to be a proud member of Business Division 2, a team led by Hajime Tabata that continues to pursue leading-edge concepts and technology.
WeiGing is a Dev. Community Manager of HTC Vive in APAC. He is responsible for VR Ecosystem enablement for Asia Pacific, developer and partnership management as well as exploring potential business opportunity. Prior to joining VR team, he has rich experience in big data analysis and software architecture review for mobile devices.
Right after college, Okamoto joined Techmo where he began his career in game development. During his years at Techmo, Okamoto participated in projects such as Rygar, Monster Rancher 4, Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive 4; before going on to undertake the role of Producer for Ninja Gaiden 2.
Now as President & CEO of Soleil, Okamoto and his team have just finished development of Naruto’s latest game called “From Naruto to Boruto : Shinobi Striker” at the end of August. Okamoto and his team at Soleil are committed to provide exciting action games to the world so do stay tuned!
12 years and counting, the privilege of working with amazing talents still excites and motivates me each and every day!
My journey in the industry began at Codemasters (KL) back in 2006, then Ubisoft (Singapore) in 2009 and with EA (Sweden) in 2014. Privileged to have worked alongside awesome teams on franchises like DiRT, Assassins Creed and Need for Speed during those times. I joined Unity (Denmark) recently as the Creative Director for the Asset Store. I'm responsible to explore and envision new creative projects and partnerships to focus on Quality, Engagement and Growth for our community of Unity developers.
Having taken an unconventional path of education, Ian started working right after secondary school and returned to his studies at 23, receiving The Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Ian co-founded Battlebrew Productions with industry veterans Elicia Lee, Shawn Toh and Benjamin Chua in 2017. He has also recently moved on from Witching Hour Studios, the award winning game studio he had co-founded with some friends in 2010.
Aside from Battlebrew, Ian spends his time helping out in the local games industry, helping steer the local chapter of the International Game Developers Association and lecturing on game design and storytelling.
Fakhra AlMansouri is a game designer, caramel appreciator and future astronaut.
She is the founder and CEO of Hybrid Humans, the first independent game studio in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She's passionate about creating video game experiences that matter. She was awarded Young Achiever in Video Game Development by FEMINA. Some of her titles include Falcon Valley, Bye Bye Sheep and Who Lurks that is an IndieCade Festival Selection and was voted top 10 games of 2018. When she's not game developing, organizing game jams, or creating workshops to introduce students to game design, you can find her kayaking, bowling or on the hunt for a new caramel candy. Her next big goal is to develop games in space.
Roots from Film and Multimedia before making the jump to Game Development with particular strength in 3D. Through it all, he carries Industry Development as an equal passion, serving as President & Chairman of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines for 8 years.
Kris Antoni is the founder and supreme leader of Toge Productions, an independent game development and publishing studio based in Indonesia.
Kris has more than 9 years of experience in making and releasing quirky and unusual independent games, including award-winning titles such as Infectonator and My Lovely Daughter. As a publisher, Toge Productions focuses on helping underprivileged developers bring their games to the global market.
Sam came to the games industry with a background in Behavioural Analysis as a consultant specialising in training businesses in negotiation and partnering. Working with a management consultancy group, he helped a diverse range of companies from multinationals to supermarket chains as they made the difficult cultural transition into partnering and strategic alliancing. During this time Sam also maintained a passion for comics and gaming; co-founding a comic book studio in the mid-nineties before going on to work freelance in comics, commercial illustration and design.
In 2006 he committed full time to games by joining Sumo Digital as an artist and becoming Outsource Manager in 2009. In this position he successfully guided Sumo’s Indian art studio into becoming a fully integrated partner, while managing the developer’s rapidly expanding outsource program which stretched across several simultaneous (often cross-platform) titles for a variety of publishers, including Microsoft, Sony, Sega and EA.
David Lam has been working in the games industry for over 18 years. He started out locally in Vancouver as a student at VFS and found himself drawn to character art. David had a long career at Electronic Arts working on titles such as SSX, NBA Street, Need for Speed, FIFA, and NHL. During his time as a production artist, David found enjoyment and fulfillment in teaching. He has taught BCIT, Think Tank Training Center, and VanArts. He has also participated as a demo artist for Wacom. David joined Bioware in 2012 as an Associate External Art Director and continued in a broader role as Senior Art Manager supporting the Edmonton, Montreal and Austin studios.
Currently, David is working at Microsoft under Turn10 as a Senior Producer supporting external development for the Forza franchise.
Gwen is a Singapore-based sound designer for video games and also the co-founder of IMBA Interactive, a studio which provides end-to-end solutions for game audio. Having experience of heading an startup for nearly 6 years, she's developed nearly obsessive project management skills with a flair for organisation and execution whilst maintaining welfare of co-workers and staff. She is also the chairperson of Singapore Games Guild, hoping to promote a sustainable ecosystem within the industry and nurturing holistic game developers.
With more than 13 years’ experience in video games & animation industry, Liew Kah Chun (KC) develop a wide skill set from pre-production to post-production. His enthusiasm in “Make Good Art” entitle him as an Art Director in Lemon Sky the top leading CGI Studio in Malaysia.
His involvement in AAA video games title includes:Diablo III: Nintendo Switch edition, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes & The Phantom Pain, Hearthstone and movies: Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Resident Evil: Damnation, Gantz: O, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and many more.
Stefan has worked in the games industry building game levels since the 90s, and co-founded Streamline Studios in 2001. His background is Level Design and Game Design and has led the product and game development initiatives at Streamline over the last decade.
Key IP contributed to through Streamline's services: James Cameron’s AVATAR, Star Wars, GearsofWar, Terminator, Unreal Tournament, Final Fantasy XV. He often participates in Level Design & Game Design tasks at the studio in addition to the day to day running of the business. .
With 14 years in the industry, Mel has contributed to many titles such as Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Injustice 2 , Gears of War 4, Mortal Kombat X, and The Order : 1886.
With his broad experience working with multiple disciplines and projects, he finds joy in solving both artistic and technical problems.He is currently the art director at Passion Republic, responsible for planning and supervising multiple projects, working closely with the internal team and our counterparts to ensure the projects run smoothly, seamlessly, and maintains a high quality.
Chad is an independent game designer, curator, and the director of Freeplay, Australia’s longest running independent games festival. He is best known for his work with Hovergarden, Melbourne’s videogame curatorial duo, and Contours, the most comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Australian games and interactive art.
In the past, Chad has worked on award winning games such as Turnover, the four-player multigravity steal-the-ball-n-run frenzy, Cart-Load-O-Fun, a collaborative installation game designed for trains and trams, and This Is Not A VR Game, an audio-only VR performance. In his spare time, Chad finds himself indulging in sour worms and wasabi flavoured peas.
Anisa Sanusi is a UI/UX Designer at Hutch Games based in London, UK. Born and raised in Petaling Jaya, she studied computer animation at The One Academy in Bandar Sunway and completed her degree at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, UK. Since then she’s had video games experience between three different studios across PC, consoles and mobile.
Throughout the years Anisa has cultivated a devotion to effective UX design, speaking at the first UX Summit held at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco and also served as a Juror for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards for multiple years. Anisa is an advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the games industry, having talked about her experiences at the European Women in Games Conference.
Anisa was named as one of GamesIndustry.Biz Top 100 Future Talents, on top of being listed in Develop Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. With no signs of slowing down, Anisa tries to give back to the games community by spending time giving advice to students and aspiring game developers at expo’s, game jams, and career fairs.
Nicholas Sagau is the Group General Manager for Media Prima Digital the digital arm of Malaysia’s largest media conglomerates - Media Prima Berhad. He oversees the digital operation of the group. One of many role is driving the executing the Media Prima digital’s strategy in the rapidly disrupted media space.
He also heads Media Prima Labs, the in-house incubator of Media Prima Berhad to further extend the Group's unique intellectual properties into the expanse of digital innovation and games. Media Prima Labs has to-date released 12 lifestyle/entertainment verticals in form of native app and 5 mobile games since the labs started operation in Nov 2015 with nearly 7 million download in total & monthly active user of 2.3 million.
He has a total of 15 years’ experience in media & digital space and was previously the product manager and also core member in Media Prima’s OTT project - Tonton, Malaysia’s leading video service, with 7 million subscribers to date.
Nicholas is a frequent speaker & moderator at a variety of digital industry conferences & seminars such as the recent ConnecTechAsia in Singapore, TV Digital Connect Asia in Bangkok, Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit in KL, Level Up KL - SEA Game Developers Conference in KL and Ooyala Digital Video Conference in Sydney among others. His areas of focus include: digital innovation, games & apps development, eSports, corporate in innovation & start-up, corporate incubator, OTT and digital video content distribution.
Shahrizar Roslan; often just called Shah runs Kaigan Games, a game studio based in Malaysia. Born in the sleepy town of Sungai Petani he attended Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for his undergraduate studies in Industrial Physics but dropped out of his master’s research and worked in the Human Capital Development industry for a couple of years.
He found his true passion in Game Development where one fateful weekend he and his brother Azmi sat down and made their first game. The 2 brothers were at it for 6 years, with over 20 games made for clients from around the world. Shah was the Artist, Animator, and Game Designer during this period.
On 2016, Shahrizar, his brother and one more friend setup their new company Kaigan Games which has emerged as a critically acclaimed video game studio in the region, with over 10 international game awards (with the newest being the “Best Mobile Game” award at Casual Connect Los Angeles, USA) and millions of downloads in just their first 2 games. Merging live action videos with topical issues, Kaigan Games is breaking new ground in digital entertainment. Currently Shahrizar plays the role of both CEO and Producer at Kaigan.
Yiwei is the founder and director of Kurechii, an indie studio that is home to award-winning titles like the King’s League series, Tiny Guardians and Postknight. Hailing from a background in multimedia design, Yiwei designed refreshing games for players around the world to enjoy.
Beyond leading the development of games in Kurechii, Yiwei also shares his knowledge and experience through lectures at a local university, and shares his experiences at local and international events.
LeeYing Foo is the UI/general artist for Kaigan Games a Malaysian indie game company, She's the primary artist for her first game that was released in Oct 2017 - SIMULACRA (a found phone horror game), It has since won many awards locally and internationally alike. Although she currently works with mainly UI, she is also does 3D modeling, digital illustrations and embroidery in her own time.
Atsuo Nakayama, CEO of Bushiroad International, handles mobile game publishing of Japanese IPs into Asian Market; “Vanguard Zero” and “BanG Dream!”, 2017 Best App Award from Google/Apple. Bushiroad has been the new venture in Japanese Entertainment Industry to make original IP on Trading Card, “Cardfight! Vanguard”, on Mobile game, “Love Live!”“BanG Dream!”, and also on Sports, “New Japan Pro-Wrestling”.
He also pursuing academic career as Media/Content lecturer at MBA of Waseda and Nanyan Technological University.
Ryan Wong is the CEO and Creative Director of Glow Production, an animation studio founded in Malaysia in 2011, with over 15 years of experience in cinematic trailer and game art production as a lead modeller and lighting artist under his belt.
Ryan and his team of CG artists always aim for excellence in their work, while constantly renewing and refining their skills in this ever-growing industry. With their varied skill sets, they have been able to help their clients fulfil their visual art needs from conception to completion.
As a studio, Glow Production has collaborated with groundbreaking directors developers and creative agencies to produce cutting-edge digital content. Their portfolio comprises of a large selection of digital content, like game assets for a variety of platforms. Cinematic trailers are also their specialty, with a notable example being one based on their own IP, The Last Tree.
Iain is an indie game publisher who has launched many titles on Steam and some on consoles. Having worked in Asia for the last ten years, Iain has opinions about many things!
Justin is the Managing Director at the multi-award winning studio Gattai Games where he contributes to Game Design and tries to keep money in the bank.
The Singapore-based game studio is behind Stifled, a VR and Microphone enabled sound-based horror game and Muffled Warfare, a multiplayer FPS where players use sound to See, Shoot and Silence the competition.
Sho Sato is the Principal Analyst at Media Create, one and only independent Japanese game marketing firm established in 1994. Media Create provides marketing data which are used by most Japanese game publishers like Nintendo, Sony, Square Enix and KONAMI.
Besides Japanese game market, he is known as a market research specialist in emerging game market like Southeast Asia, Latin America and Middle East. He was an international advisory board at NASSCOM GDC, the largest Indian game developers conference.
He is an invited speaker at various international events for game developers in more than 10 countries.
Thomas holds a BA in Political sciences, an MA in Economics and International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan and an MSc in International management (China) from the School of Oriental Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. He started-up and led the Italy China Foundation from 2005 to 2015. In 2010, he founded the CeSIF, the Research Centre on China studies which he directed until 2015. Thomas was since 2008 a Professor of Chinese Economy and Institutions at the Catholic University of Milan and is currently a visiting professor at ASERI – the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations in Milan. He relaunched and directed Mondo Cinese, the Italian review of Chinese studies founded in 1973 and has authored around 20 publications on the Chinese economy and business.
In 2015, he started-up the China operations of Digital Bros Group a leading stock-listed digital entertainment company, parent company of 505 Games, with offices in Italy, UK, France, Germany, Spain, the United States and China and global distribution capabilities. Thomas is now leading from Hong Kong the Chinese, South Korean and Japanese markets for the Group and is also a Board member of the European Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC).
Desmond leads the studio network, including operation and publishing for the iCandy Interactive Group and is the concurrent CEO of group company, Appxplore (iCandy). A 20-year veteran in the creative industries, he was the producer of Saladin – The Animated Series, 2011 nominee for the International Emmy Awards (Malaysia’s first Emmy Award nomination). And before that, Desmond spent 5 years in the USA working as a Multimedia Designer in Garmin International, Art Director in Digital Pipe Inc., and Streaming Media Specialist at Fantastic Corp.
Desmond has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Computer Arts) from Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Tuan-Anh Nguyen is a data-minded programer with a passion for developing algorithms and competitive programming. He is a 2-time finalist of the Vietnam National Informatics Olympiad Award. In addition, he won first place in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
Anh specializes in Big Data analytics working with the largest clusters in Vietnam for real-time analytics. Anh was the former Project Owner of botplatform.vn, and is now a Data Scientist at GAMEJAM. Anh received a BS in Economics at Foreign Trade University in Ha Noi.
Having been in the games industry for over 20 years in almost every capacity, I have been lucky enough to see the industry go through a lot of changes. Working with corporations like Lucasarts, Sega and EA has given me a deep understanding of why big companies make the choices they do, and now I apply this knowledge where necessary to Indie games (hint - its usually not necessary!).
Now I have my own company, our goal is to make a lot with very little, something we have done well at, having shipped 10 games across 24 SKUS (mobile, console and PC) in just 5 years. (with an average of just 5 people)!
Calvin started off his career in the diamond industry, giving him a unique perspective on business and the different opportunities it can present. It has made him adept at bringing people from a diverse range of industries together to nurture new ideas and establish opportunities.
He currently oversees the full range of Agri Mind’s activities, forging strategic partnerships and establishing potential new relationships to achieve Agri Mind's goal of developing a stable, sustainable ecosystem for esports within the region.
I'm 29 years old this year. Having the time of my life as they say life starts at a much later age. I was a cabin crew for Air Asia before for 6 years, had enough of living for someone else's dream. I became a Youtuber, Youtubing as a tech reviewer is hard and I couldn't pay off my bills, so I took a different approach and became a streamer but the Youtube dream still isn't dead yet.
Keizac started his career at BNP Paribas before joining a Taiwanese conglomerate, investing in TMT companies globally.
His passion for gaming led him to Kowloon Nights where he oversees a portfolio of titles. At Kowloon Nights, Keizac sources new games, evaluates them and manages relationships with developers and strategic partners.
Keizac has produced a Webby nominated short and is a competitive MOBA player.
Kenny completed his Economics degree in University of Washington, USA. Back in the US, college students severely lacked leadership skills. So he partnered up with an Executive Coach and sold coaching programmes to students on campus. After graduating, he came back to Malaysia and landed a job with Microsoft Malaysia. He did product marketing, specifically on Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. He was the youngest Microsoft manager in Asia. He started innovating the training world through his company Innovative Formula, to bring trainings that are both impactful and fun. Little did he know, what he did was called “gamification”. Innovative Formula grew from a local training company to a multi-million dollar regional company.
Currently, Kenny is the Chief Gamification Officer in Gameka. One of his aspirations in life is to bring FUN and MEANING back to work. His personal mission is to “Empower young to achieve their dreams”. This is coming to fruition as the whole concept of Gamification aligns with empowering the young to be natural leaders through digital transformation. Together with a team of highly capable people, Gameka grew to an internationally known company. Gameka has won local and global awards and on the path of exponential growth is a testament to the markets need for gamifying their workplace. He saw the future in bridging the digital world with company corporate engagement. His skills in traditional training coupled with gamification concepts will take the world by storm.
Co-Founder CEO of VRcollab / Co-founder of Asia VR Association / Dy Chairman of SCS VR/AR SIG
Tee Jia Hen is a prominent figure in the region's Immersive Tech scene, having co-founded AsiaVR Association and VRcollab. Jiahen is in a prime position to witness and accelerate the growing trend of technologies such as Virtual and augmented reality for not only consumers but industry professionals alike. and is currently applying his software engineering expertise to the construction industry with VRcollab which enables architects, engineers, planners and consultants to communicate design through the medium of immersive technology.
PhD in Media Management, 26 years of experience in media and creation industry, Spent 4 years in gaming sector at MDEC, Member of Animation competition selection committee for The 10th China International Animation & Digital Arts Festival (CICDAF) and Member of Panel Judges for the Asian Youth Animation & Comics Contest 2014/ AYACC (Guizhou, China).
Allan is on his fifth year with AirAsia. He loves engaging with people and is currently on his seventh portfolio – AirAsia Esports.
He was part of the working commitee that organised AirAsia's first ever regional hackathon - AirAsia AIRVOLUTION 2017 which was hosted in AirAsia's global headquarters, RedQ, and saw the participation of 100 participants across 9 countries Before taking a leap of faith into the world of aviation, he was a college drop out turned accidental entrepreneur in the paintball industry.
Allan has been known amongst his AirAsia peers as an intrapreneur; an entrepreneur within a large firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risks associated with those activities. Intrapreneurs are employees within a company who are assigned to work on a special idea or project, and are instructed to develop the project like an entrepreneur would.
He won the ‘Take Ownership Award’ by AirAsia Group People and Culture for driving esports awareness amongst fellow colleagues with the assistance from Allstars (AirAsia employees).
AirAsia is now a proud sponsor of the Mineski Dota 2 Pro Team, one of the best teams in Southeast Asia and Top 10 globally, who recently won champions in a Major - The Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 and one of the teams that competed in The International 8 Dota 2. AirAsia recently acquired a majority share in AirAsia Saiyan, a mobile esports team. AirAsia is the official airline and sponsor for Alibaba's/Alisports WESG SEA (World Electronic Sports Games) esports tournament in Southeast Asia with a prize pool of USD5.5 Million for WESG World Finals in China. AirAsia we're keen to explore the esports space further in Asean and globally.
Ian Purnomo is the Public Relations and Developers Relations lead for PlayStation platform in Southeast Asia region. Prior to working at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Ian had years of experience working in various roles in video games industry, including game development (Game Designer in LucasArts), marketing communications in online game publisher (Asiasoft and Cherry Credits) and education (adjunct in DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore).
DC Gan(Hudson) together with his brother Welson Gan are two brothers born in Penang. Being a gamer since young, they have a very solid gaming background. DC studied music production in California and he always wanted to make the dream game with his brother Welson. In 2017, they founded Magnus Games Studio and they are the freshman in the Game Industry of Malaysia. Within a year, they've gone global by not only being the most funded Kickstarter project in SEA, but also partnering with 505 games, a global publisher who is also a subsidiary of the listed company called Digital Bros Spa.
As a Gaming Technical Specialist at Google Cloud, Samir works with game publishers and studios around Japan and APAC to help them build super fast and scalable game backends that offer the best user experience to players around the world.
Tyler has been with Niko Partners for 3 years. Prior to Niko, he had over 10 years of experience as a consultant, first as a Marketing Consultant in Bangkok, Thailand and as a Senior Consultant with a boutique consulting firm in Washington DC. Tyler's areas of expertise include market development, research and analysis, and corporate strategy. Tyler has dual masters degrees, an MBA from NIDA in Bangok, Thailand and an MIA from the School of Global Policy at the University of San Diego, CA. In his free time, Tyler loves traveling or relaxing at home with a good book.
Spencer got into games because he believed that one day, he would meet like-minded passionate individuals to work with in pushing this wonderful industry forward. Larian Studios gave him his first RPG Divine Divinity to work on back in 2000 and has forever been grateful for that opportunity.
In his 18-year career, Spencer has worked at companies such as Disney and Sony PlayStation. His discipline covers marketing, production, licensing and business strategy. He also sets aside time consulting and bridging people together from other industries such as comic publishing, board game creation, TV, film and funding opportunities.
His talk will be about the level ups and downs of an Independent studio and hopes it can inspire others to keep making great games.
Mark Lee has 11 years’ experience in business strategy development as a serial entrepreneur, author, private investor, and columnist at The Herald and Kyunghyang News. After starting his career at Korea Telecom in business strategy and content investment, he has led many successful marketing campaigns and generation strategies for Gamevil, Longtu Korea, and various other companies. As a co-founder of 3 start-up companies in Korea, he has been an executive charged with helping formulate, facilitate and communicate an organization's plans for the future including 2 successful M&A deals. Currently, he is the CSO at Supertree.
Emre is the founder of award-winning game studio Opaque Space, having been involved in numerous Virtual and Augmented Reality productions for NASA, Microsoft, Google and Epic. He has worked as Game Director on multiple award-winning VR titles depicting human spaceflight, including Earthlight, which was built in collaboration with NASA.
Emre has overseen Opaque's partnership with Boeing to train astronauts as well as the invention of AIVA, a training platform currently being used to train various personnel ranging from soldiers to construction engineers in games platforms.
Emre has been named 'one of the most influential figures in VR' by MCV 30 Under 30 and regularly advocates for diversity, accessibility and sustainability in VR and Serious Games.
After participating in the International Olympics of Informatics, Arief Widhiyasa found that his true calling was in games. In 2009, along with his 18 closest friends, he co-founded Agate. For his strive, he was dubbed as Forbes’ 30 under 30 in 2016, and is Agate’s CEO today.
Previously the SEA marketing lead for Electronic Arts in Asia, Elicia has since embarked on an entrepreneurial adventure, with the goal of turning her passions into sustainable businesses. She is the co-founder of Eliphant, parent company of gaming events GameStart Asia, SEA Major and esports service provider BEast of the East. She also runs marketing agency Zombits, which specialises in marketing and social strategies for gaming and tech companies. In 2017 she co-founded game studio Battlebrew Productions, which has just soft launched its first mobile game, BattleSky Brigade Tap Tap!
Growing up playing video games, Az spent hours gaming on classic gaming systems such as the Atari 2600, NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy and the Super Nintendo. A fan of the Nintendo series such as Zelda and Metroid as well as Square RPGs such as Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, Az’s future musical tastes were shaped early on by the cinematic music scores of these now classics. When he started composing instrumental solo guitar music, these melodies were some of the inspiration he drew upon from his subconscious.
Az was the featured classical guitar soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) for the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Kuala Lumpur premiere conducted by Arnie Roth (USA) at their three sold-out shows. Az also performed for the South East Asian premiere of A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur conducted by Arnie Roth (USA) and featuring pianist Benyamin Nuss (Germany).
For the MPO Superheroes concert with conductor Guillaume Tourniaire and presenter Alasdair Malloy, Az played ukulele on the Handheld Heroes medley (Super Mario Bros Ground Theme, Tetris Korobeiniki Theme and Angry Birds Title Theme). He was the Space Jam Headliner at Comic Fiesta 2014 in Kuala Lumpur and was seen performing a 30-minute solo fingerstyle guitar set of video game music. Az has also performed for Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention, GameStart Asia in Singapore.
Prior to moving back to Malaysia, Az played in a video game music band in San Francisco. He has also been interviewed on GameSpot and featured in the GameSpot Asia Beat Podcast. After receiving 4 degrees in music and making music in Berkeley, California; Az now is physically based in Kuala Lumpur.
Stephane Panyasiri serves as Head of EMEA at Kochava. Stephane brings his expertise in Global Business Development and entrepreneurship along with 20 years in the tech and gaming industry to ensure growth in the Region.
He has developed a global vision and understanding of the Tech Industry across Asia, Europe and North America. On top of Stephane's consulting and angel investments, he advises and mentors various organizations including Casual Connect Asia, Yetizen, Chinacccelarator, Game Founder, MOX, Mobile Growth Fellowship, Chain Accelerator, Cachette Capital Management.
As COO of GTR, Rick oversees the entire GTR ecosystem to ensure it is healthy and robust. He manages all of the company's operations and business direction. He is well experienced in growing businesses set out for global expansion and has over 15 years of managerial experience covering a range of business areas in gaming and other online businesses from leading corporations such as Electronic Arts, Naver and Samsung Electronics.
Prior to joining GTR, Rick was MD of a prominent SEA based startup for 3 years – managed to grow the startup from ground zero and expand its business to multiple regions across SEA.
Rick has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He brings to GTR a solid foundation and understanding of the industry as well as years of experience at MNCs and the startup world. He is committed to help grow GTR and the GTR ecosystem.
Among the first Esports Newscasters in Malaysia covering local and international esports news, reviews and updates for MyGameOn on 7Edition. Young, talented and recognized
in the past two years with four journalism awards, Wan Eizzul Islam takes pride in his work as a reporter and always bring something unique to his stories.
Ex-Banker turned Venture Capitalist and Venture Builder; passionate in ecosystem building for the betterment of the universe as a whole
Zierasmayu is one of the key Founding Members of APU eSports Malaysia Academy, a joint-initiative by Esports Malaysia and APIIT Education Group, which is recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education in promoting healthy competitive gaming within the university environment.
Zierasmayu is part of the Approving Panels for MSC Malaysia National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS), which is established by the Department of Skills Development under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources for game design and game programming in 2015. Besides game development, she is actively involved with national and international varsity esports scenes.
In 2017, Zierasmayu initiated the development of proper national accreditation for esports industry to strengthen Malaysia position as games industry hub in the region. She kickstarted an Esports GEC Lab at the Global Entrepreneurship Community 2017, where a selected group of industry and corporate players, ecosystem influencers, policy makers and entrepreneurs from around the world were invited to join in-depth discussions with the lab owners on key topics set across 15 focus areas. Themed “Designing the Future”, her focus is to bring together different parties under one roof within the local, regional and international ecosystems to join forces in designing the future for esports talents and industry movers from the grassroots level, targeted at next 3 to 5 years value creation.
Zierasmayu started to give back to the community when she first joined Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation where her contribution is credited to working for the Computer Games Development programme. Her areas of focus are esports, game commercialization and gamification
Albert Quek is an academician and researcher in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Multimedia University. He has over a decade of experience in game education. His research areas are Game Mechanics & Gesture Interaction and Virtual Reality Technology. He is also the Technology Consultant for CLOVR, a VR technology that is able to convert any PC game into instant VR experience. Recently he and his team has successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign for CLOVR on Kickstarter.
Richard Wee was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1999 and currently a Partner at Messrs MahWengKwai & Associates (MWKA).
Richard is comfortable in advocacy and is often seen in court conducting hearings and trials. He has a personal liking for Trust Laws & Criminal Defence Litigation but he is equally skilled in handling Property Transactions. On a few occasions, Richard Wee has acted as a consultant in corporate matters. Richard is also known for his passion for Civil Liberty issues and Sports Law.
On the matter of sports, MWKA recently received the award as the Sports Law Firm of the year, from the Asian Legal Business Annual Law Awards.
Richard is a founding member of the Sports Law Association of Malaysia (SLAM) and a pro-tem member of the Perak E-sport Professional Association (PEPA). He is also past member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA). Between 2014-2017, Richard served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
At the Malaysian Bar, Richard was an elected committee member at Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee from 2005 to 2010; and an elected Council member at the Bar Council from 2011 to 2016. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Secretary of the Bar Council.
Pasi Jokinen is a passionate product creator with more than 20 years of experience in creating new physical devices and digital services.
At Round Zero Pasi helps the team build tools to make indie developers' lives easier. Understanding the needs of the end user and measuring high quality metrics about the things that matter is his forte.
Pasi spends his free time helping other product creators - helping startups and game developer communities in Europe and China.
Pasi is a founder & adviser at Round Zero and is also a a member of the board of directors at Fingersoft.
Entrepreneur in Film, Tv, Games and Gamification from a background of Accounting and Finance. Began as a game designer and currently the director of business for NightMorning Studios, gamification designer and consultant for systems and marketing campaigns.
Narishvin, the current Chief Marketing Officer of Gameka, and a man highly praised by industry peers. His value is determined not just by his character but also the game-changing results that he can produce. Since his addition, he built and strengthen Gameka's reputation and branding as one of Malaysia's leading game development companies. He played pivotal roles in securing the biggest deals and partnerships for the company.
Under his leadership, Gameka was inducted into the prestigious TENxCLUB by the former prime minister and selected by APAC CIO Outlook to be among the "Top 10 Gamification Solutions Provider- 2017". His efforts brought Gameka's products out into the spotlight and won multiple international awards. The byproduct of his initiatives placed Gameka as one of the highly sought after company by corporates of various verticals for partnerships and gamification solutions.
He is a firm believer in challenging the impossible and often pushes his comfort zone. Prior to joining Gameka, he founded an online magic training company, Superhumanz. Online, pioneering what to be known as Netflix for learning magic. His direction disrupted the magic industry; for the first time ever, the public has access to learning magic from the best magicians worldwide.
Chris has worked in the games business for over 8 years in the US, China, and across SEA. He is currently in charge of strategy and business for VNG’s mobile game business in SEA and India.
Previously, he worked at Zenimax Media which owns Bethesda and id Software. Chris graduated with a BA at Peking University and MA at Johns Hopkins University
Currently pursuing my final year in Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) in Taylor's University. I became the first full-term President of Taylor's Esports Club , which was established in April 2017. I am also the President of Malaysian Varsity Esports Association, that is under Esports Malaysia to provide support and code of conduct to all campus Esports clubs in Malaysia.
Kan Supabanpot and Skan Srisuwan, friends with a shared passion for gaming, founded Studio HIVE in Bangkok in 2010. Together, they grew a 5-person team to over 30 designers, artists and illustrators. Now the company creates artwork for AAA video games, comics and collectibles.
E-sports athlete in competitive PUBG in Malaysia. Team captain of The Face Gaming PUBG. Facebook Gaming partner and full time streamer at fb.gg/afiqafz.
When she had beaten her older brothers in Street Fighter III when she was merely 6 years old, Mariah already knew the definition of love and passion towards video games. Growing up as a journalist, Mariah understands her role to support the growth of esports ecosystem especially in Malaysia. Mariah is capable of producing, shooting and editing videos on her own. She loves to experiment various type of content on social media. In the three years working at Astro AWANI, Mariah has won The Best Social Media Health Award by Ministry of Health and Young Humanitarian Writer 2017 by International Committee of The Red Cross.
A Malaysian politician, currently serving as the Perak State Executive Council of Youth, Sports and Human Development, Perak State Legislative Assemblyman for Pasir Pinji (N.27) as well as Democratic Action Party Social Youth (DAPSY) Malaysia International Secretary also as Perak DAPSY Chief. The 24th President of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). Elected as Chief Secretary of Harapan Youth due to the coalition of Pakatan Harapan during 14th General Election Malaysia (GE14).
15 years experience in AAA gaming Art Direction and development. Founder of Hand Made Object Collectibles.
Dr. Norhaida Mohd Suaib is a senior lecturer at School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia where she started tutoring in 1995. Specializing in the field of computer graphics, particularly interactive computer graphics, collision detection and physics-based model, she taught many computer graphics-related subjects in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including computer games. Among her current research focus is on using computer graphics and computer games technology in the preservation of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. When not using computers, her other hobbies include photography and painting.
Tan Chin Ike was involved in digital effects for TV Commercials and interactive content for many years before venturing into the academic world. In 2003, he embarked on a career changing move by taking his Masters and delving at the same time into Game Design at a renowned Game Development University in the UK. In 2011, he joined KDU University College and subsequently establishing the Bachelor of Game Development programme there. He is now the Head of School of the Computing and Creative Media at KDU University College. In 2012, he established MyGameDev, an Entry Point Project under PEMANDU’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). He has also contributed in other academic aspects of Game Development such as being appointed a panellist for the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Industry-Academia Panel, an appointed panel of expert for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Programme Standards for Creative Multimedia and curriculum advisory panel member for the Polytechnic Education Programme under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. He has recently also been accepted as a MQA Assessor Panel member and received his Professional Technologist credentials from the Malaysian Board of Technologist (MBOT)
JT Yean has had a decade of industry experience working as an illustrator and graphic designer, working on everything from corporate websites, brand identity, logo design to character creation for games, window installations and pretty much anything you want doing with a pen and paper. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins in London. When not developing games he’s working with paper to create unique lifesize sculptures.
Hasnul Hadi Samsudin is currently the Director of the Creative Content & Technologies of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd. He has played an integral role in developing the Malaysian Creative Digital Content Industry in the past few years through his capacity in various roles from within government and private sector.
Rajesh is a Territory Account Manager in Adobe Southeast Asia, with more than 20 years of varied experience across the graphics industry thru Prepress, Advertising, Printing and Publishing.
Mohan Low has over 14 years experience in the digital games industry. He has been a founding member of 5 startups in Leadership, Commercial and Technical roles. His experiences includes launching over 30 video game products and services. He has also mentored over 100 game development projects and is currently working towards accelerating the game industry in Malaysia.
Yifei’s desire to be a one man game development team led him to take on multiple roles ranging from Technical Artist to Gameplay Programmer. He had been soaking up game development knowledge for over 9 years while working for various development teams before joining Unity as a Field Engineer and is now helping developers make awesome games with Unity.
Co Founder and director of The Pantheon, Esports enthusiast , Community builder and The Director of Esports for FrostFire, Malaysia's Largest Professional esports organisation with the highest number of professional esports athelets and dedicated teams participating in most of the major gaming titles across the globe.
A graduate from the field of Computer Science, Andrew has a very wide area of interest. From technology to visual arts, biology to mechanics, architecture to behavioral science, music to finance, leadership to algorithms, theology to physics, he found the design and development of games to be the perfect amalgamation of various disciplines. Andrew now lectures on games programming and games design at TAR UC where he is also advisor to two student societies. In his off time, he leads a Christian youth group and teaches music.
More than 13 years in the IT industry, have been working in Retail, Customer Service and Product planning & management. Passionate in gaming, esports and technology. Always looking to bring improvements to the society.
Ramesh is a Lead Game Programmer working with Streamline, assisting and overseeing the programming teams. He has been involved in the games industry for a few years, working with various game engines across different platforms on games such as Final Fantasy XV and Monster of the Deep.
I have been in the Education industry for over 20 years. Currently I am managing the Creative Programmes; including Multimedia, Games Development and eSports Academy at APU/APIIT. My background is in technology and a big advocate in user experience. My experience lies in Strategic Development Planning for school, Programmes Development, resources optimisation and others.
Muhammad Farouq, or massively known as "FLAVA", is an American Degree Program (ADP) honors graduate in Communications and Psychology from Upper Iowa University (UIU). He is a Malaysian esports host, speaker, emcee, commentator, and shoutcaster. Started off his esports career in 2013 as a Dota 2 commentator, shiutcaster and analyst, and has casted alongside world renowned esports figures such as Tobi "TOBIWAN" Dawson and David "GodZ" Parker.
Shawn is a full-time indie game developer, part-time game jam evangelist and life-time video game connoisseur. While not making games, Shawn can be seen running IGDA Malaysia and various game dev community events in Kuala Lumpur as he is the IGDA Malaysia Chapter Coordinator!
Chen Yong found himself rooted in the game industry after finding out that he likes creating game art. He is now one of the lead artists in Bandai Namco Studios Malaysia and is responsible for overseeing things from project scheduling with managers to handling his teams of artists; all the while raising the bar on the quality of the art productions.
Hilman is an Esports Enthusiast, was a Competitive Gamer and now an Entrepreneur. His experiences in the esports industry, goes way back from being a just a gamer, to an entrepreneur within this industry itself. Its safe to say, he has seen almost all the sides there is to this industry, and is still eager to learn more about it. He has always believed to keep on trying and never give up in whatever he did. Whenever he failed in anything he was doing, he held on to one fact : “If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;