Myanmar game developer wins Tokyo Game Show award
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.
Tokyo Game Show is Japan’s biggest annual gaming exhibition.