On the last day of Level Up KL Biz 2019, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia today announced that it is partnering with Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS) to launch the first ever Southeast Asia studio in Malaysia in 2020. It will be called the Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (SIE WWS Malaysia) and the local studio will provide art and animation services as part of SIE WWS activities, developing global exclusive titles for PlayStation® platforms.
This announcement was made by YB Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, who stated that Malaysia will be working closely with Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios to create more opportunities for the local and regional games industry. "Together, we will work to uplift creative talents in Malaysia and even establish a partnership with our local educational partners. This is to ensure the accelerated growth of this industry in our country will be supported,” he said in his official statement.
According to Jim Ryan, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment, “Impressive talent, a vibrant game ecosystem, and support from the government are key reasons why we have decided to take our partnership with Malaysia to the next level.”
Shuhei Yoshida, the previous President of SIE WWS, was also present during the announcement.
While there has been no further information revealed so far, this is definitely a great opportunity for the Malaysian gaming industry to take note of in 2020.