Level Up KL 2018 Ready to Start, Here Are the Event Highlights!

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

Ranging from industry conference, game jam to the awards, this is the perfect place to level up your skill in the game industry.

Level Up KL is back for its fourth consecutive year. Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) will hold Level Up KL 2018 for five days, starting from 27 October to 31 October 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Since 2015, Level Up KL has become one of the biggest gaming conferences in Southeast Asia. Every year, they invite some game industry experts from around the world to come and share their experience in the industry. Not only that, but this event also provides some supporting events such as SEA Game Awards, SEA Game Jam, and Unity @Kuala Lumpur.

So, what will Level Up KL 2018 provides starting from this weekend? Here are some of the event highlights.


Industry Conference

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Industry conference is the main course of the Level Up KL 2018 that will be held on the 30th and 31st October 2018. This session is going to feature top industry players from around the world, covering both the business and technical facets from various game development platforms, ranging from mobile, PC to console.

The conference will be divided into five separate tracks, they are AAA Games, Technology Partner, Indie Games, eSports & Education, and Beyond Entertainment. Some notable speakers already confirmed to share their insight in these sessions, such as Michael Mumbauer (PlayStation), Chris Murphy (Epic Games) and Wan Hazmer (Metronomik).

You can check out the full conference schedule and the speakers’ profile through this link.


SEA Game Jam

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This is where the fun happens for the game developers across the region. SEA Game Jam is a 36-hour game jam organized by LEVEL UP KL. In this session, game developers from all over the South East Asia region will be working together to create games in a collaborative environment based on a theme.


SEA Game Awards

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The awards aim to recognize and celebrate the creativity, artistry and technical genius of the finest developers and games from around this region in addition to upholding creative and technical excellence in the Southeast Asian video game industry. In this second year, SEA Game Awards will give recognition to some Southeast Asia games across 10 different categories.

Best in the Region! Here Are the Finalists of SEA Game Awards 2018

Alongside Level Up KL 2018, there is SEA Game Awards 2018 to recognize the best game in the Southeast Asia region. Here are the finalists!

The 10 categories in SEA Game Awards 2018 are Audience Choice Award, Rising Star Award, Grand Jury Award, Best Technology, Best Visual Art, Best Game Design, Best Audio, Best Storytelling, Best Innovation, and Best Student Game. Who will be the winner?


Showcase & Exhibition

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Some indie games studio and also the awards finalists will showcase their game in this area. This is a great chance for them to get more exposure from the participants, and create some collaboration opportunity. Participants also can vote for their favorite game to get the Audience Choice Awards.


Biz Connection Program

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This is a great chance for any game industries’ stakeholder to meet some potential partners. In this session, you can connect with the industry’s key players, decision makers, publishers and game developers from around the world and broaden your business base today.

You can participate in this program by registering yourself through this link.


Masterclass Workshop

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This is a special program that provides an in-depth, hands-on workshop that led by some of the industry experts. There are three separate classes available: Creative Music Composition Techniques For Games, A Frame in Gameplay Animation, and Introduction to Games UX. You can read more of the program in this link.


Networking Night

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Networking Night is a great chance to search and meet new partners for future collaboration. All guests, speakers, and conference pass’ holders can join this session to meet new friends, enjoy good food, music and show performance.


Unity @Kuala Lumpur

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For the first time, Unity will bring its selected popular sessions from our Unite events to Kuala Lumpur.

Unity@Kuala Lumpur offers a content packed day of learning, networking and exciting activities, including:

  • Technical sessions–customized for different levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced
  • Previews of upcoming Unity tech
  • Opportunities to get tips from Unity experts.

This event will be held on the 28th October 2018 and you can get your tickets here.

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About Writer

Febrianto is the Senior Editor of Duniaku.net and the Lead Editor of Gameprime.org. He started his career in game industry as a game journalist since 2008, and was one of the initial members of Duniaku.net since 2011. His biggest interest is local game developer scene. Currently, his mission is to spread the news about Indonesia’s game industry to both local and international game and creative industry’s enthusiast.