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AGI and BEKRAF Launch RAGI, a New Co-Working Space Dedicated for Indonesian Game Developers

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

RAGI is an initiative to help the growth of the Indonesian gaming industry, especially for the game developers.


Indonesia Game Association (AGI) and Indonesia Creative Economic Agency (BEKRAF) show their support again for the Indonesian gaming industry. Recently, they have launched a new co-working space dedicated to game developers called RAGI or Ruang Aksi Game Indonesia (Indonesia Game Action Room).

RAGI is located on Innovation Factory, Bandung, West Java Indonesia. This is part of the initiatives from AGI and BEKRAF, collaborate with Innovation Factory to help the game developer’s growth in Indonesia, especially in Bandung. AGI and BEKRAF hope that this initiative can support newborn studios who can’t rent a dedicated office for their studio, or individuals who are looking for some collaborations to make a game.

“I made an initiative to bring up new game development studio back when I was working for an overseas company, and some of them still exist until now,” said Narenda Wicaksono, President of AGI at the inauguration ceremony which was held last Tuesday, January 22, 2019. “With this new RAGI initiative, hopefully, it can do the same which is bringing up more new talented studios and helping them grow,” he continued.

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Hari Santosa Sungkari

“Games and applications are our top focus in BEKRAF, and RAGI is one of our attempts to help developers,” said Hari Santosa Sungkari, Infrastructure Deputy of BEKRAF. “We hope RAGI can help developers to create a world-class game in the future, and we can replicate the initiative in other cities outside Bandung,” he continues.

“We’re happy to collaborate with BEKRAF and AGI to realize this project, and looking forward to what we can do more in the future,” said Danang Jufry from Innovation Factory.

Complete facility with an affordable price

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RAGI is equipped with some powerful devices that developers can use to make and test their games. There are some workstation desks ranging from PC and Mac to develop games, drawing tablet, to various mobile devices for game testing purpose. If developers want to bring their own equipment, they can also rent a desk-only space with cheaper price.

There are also some supporting facilities such as TV with some game consoles, 5 meeting rooms, 24-hour security, call booths, a seminar room that can accommodate up to 150 people and a living room. The developers also get access to participate in some event, workshop, and mentoring that will be held in this place.

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Meeting Room

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Call booths

BEKRAF confirms that the government gives support through Banper (Bantuan Pemerintah or Government Support) worth to IDR1.7 billion (around USD120,000) to make this project happen. This support mainly is for providing the hardware such as PC, Mac, and the testing devices.

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Photo credit Adam Ardisasmita/AGI

RAGI

Photo credit Adam Ardisasmita/AGI

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For developers who want to use this place, RAGI has two offers to choose. First, the developers can rent a desk-only space for IDR550,000 (around USD40) per month. Or, the developers can rent a workstation, complete with the equipment for IDR1 million (around USD70) per month. RAGI is a nonprofit initiative, so the rental fee will be used purely to cover the operational cost of the place. 

Edited by Devi

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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.