The gaming industry has grown rapidly in recent years. The DFC Intelligence (2008) and the Deloitte Study (2008) have forecasted the gaming industry to be worth USD$44 billion globally and the Singapore games market growing at CAGR of 20% to the worth of S$287 million in 2015 respectively. Therefore, Games is one of the key opportunity areas that Singapore can tap onto in shaping the Future of Media.
The FutureGames aims to develop Singapore-based game ecosystem with end-to-end capability of producing original and successful game content and services. The IPs will be deployed globally through vast network of users and co-creators. It will also be supported by a healthy media financing sector looking actively at game products and services and a strong local game development talent pool.
The following companies have agreed to join the FutureGames Partner Network. Each has committed resources for the rest of the Partner Network to leverage on:
- Activate: Activate is a publisher and developer of fun and engaging casual online games. Their games and platform support thousands of concurrent players and can be played on Web browsers directly or via PC and mobile download. Activate will provide publishing, production management and distribution support for game developers to tap into a market of 200 million casual players across the world.
- Garena: Garena is an online gaming software and community services provider. Garena operates an integrated, online gaming platform that enables users from around the world to play online games against one another as if they were in the same Internet cafe. Promoted solely through word of mouth, Garena currently serves a rapidly growing community of over 11 million registered users, and will provide distribution channel and technical support for games or application developers.
- Mikoishi: Mikoishi is an award winning game development studio, publisher and technology provider. Mikoishi specializes in online and multiplayer games based on original and licensed IP for PC, handheld, virtual console and 3G mobile platforms. Mikoishi/’s products are operated in over 40 countries across North and South America, Europe, and North and South East Asia. Mikoishi is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in Korea and Japan. Mikoishi will provide creative, technical and business support and collaborations with content developers and technology partners.
- IAH: IAH is a leading operator and distributor of online games in Southeast Asia for the last three years. They also have an extended coverage which includes Greater China, Australia and New Zealand. IAH also distributes console and PC titles and have exclusive rights to many award-winning titles. IAH have invested heavily in, and successfully set up, a network of self-operated IDCs in various key markets in SEA linking all this with a dedicated bandwidth to overcome the region/’s lack of a strong infrastructure. IAH currently runs the region/’s unsurpassed online games operations network, with direct access to a user database of over 20 million.