Myan­mar game de­vel­oper wins Tokyo Game Show award

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - KYITHA MAUNG

AMYANMAR game de­vel­oper has won a ma­jor prize at this month’s 2016 Tokyo Game Show char­ac­ter awards in Ja­pan. MyPlay won the spe­cial jury award for its char­ac­ter Rick­shaw Nga­pain.

Rick­shaw Nga­pain is the hero of the Nga­pain and Thingyan mo­bile run­ner game, in which play­ers have to pi­lot Nga­pain and his rick­shaw through the crowded streets of Thingyan, avoid­ing bar­ri­ers while splash­ing other play­ers with water.

This year was MyPlay’s sec­ond ap­pear­ance at Ja­pan’s big­gest an­nual game ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I went last year. I took part in an ASEAN char­ac­ter award sem­i­nar and sub­mit­ted my orig­i­nal char­ac­ter Rick­shaw Nga­pain this year. Now they’ve told me I’ve been se­lected as one of the win­ners,” said MyPlay co-founder Ko Zaw Ye Myint.

For­merly To­tal Game­play Stu­dio, MyPlay is a highly re­garded lo­cal game de­vel­oper, and un­til now has con­cen­trated on the do­mes­tic mar­ket.

Their game Paw Th­wut is based on one of Myan­mar’s well-known car­toon char­ac­ters, and they have also pro­duced other games based on Myan­mar chess and chin­lone.

“MyPlay is Myan­mar’s first mo­bile game pub­lish­ing com­pany. We couldn’t find any real game pub­lish­ers in Myan­mar – so we started our own,” said Ko Zaw Ye Myint.

He and his friend Ko Myint Kyaw Thu founded To­tal Game­play Stu­dio and got to work.

Their most suc­cess­ful game is Shan Koe Mee World, based on a lo­cal card game, with more than 500,000 ac­tive play­ers.

MyPlay, whose site is in the Myan­mar lan­guage, cre­ated a sin­gle plat­form to con­nect all their games so that play­ers from dif­fer­ent games can chat with each other, look at new prod­ucts and down­load them.

Their lat­est prod­uct, O’Poke Saga, was re­leased in Au­gust.

“In the fu­ture, we will pub­lish ed­u­ca­tional games. Our three main pro­jects for the fu­ture Myan­mar game in­dus­try are Land­mataw Phoe Tote, Rage of Rama and Age of Bayint Naung. We are work­ing on those pro­jects, and ROR is 70 per­cent com­plete al­ready,” said Ko Zaw Ye Myint.

Rage of Rama is sched­uled for re­lease in early 2017 and could even be ex­ported to Thai­land and other neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Photo: AFP

Tokyo Game Show is Ja­pan’s big­gest an­nual gam­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

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