Virtuos KL studio to support regional growth in video games development
12 Aug 2022
Leading global video game developer Virtuos has officially opened its Kuala Lumpur studio as part of its global network to deliver full game development, engineering and art production services to game developers and publishers.
The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Virtuos said Virtuos Kuala Lumpur will be a significant addition to Malaysia’s fast-developing video games sector.
“In collaboration with the Malaysian Government, Virtuos will focus on expansion and training of new talent,” it said in a joint statement with MIDA and MDEC on Friday.
Virtuos Kuala Lumpur general manager Mufizal Mokhtar said he is excited to play an active part in Malaysia’s game development industry and the growth of its digital ecosystem.
“Thanks to the support of the Malaysian government and our global Virtuos network, we look forward to welcoming the best talent to our multicultural team and making games better, together,” he said.
Virtuos chief executive officer Gilles Langourieux said the company is excited to contribute to Malaysia’s digitalization and growth as a regional game development hub.
“We have ambitions to grow our local headcount to 300 by the end of 2025 and become one of Malaysia’s top studios to deliver full-cycle game development expertise and quality projects for our partners worldwide,” he said.
Strategically located between Virtuos’ Singapore headquarters and its largest Asian studios in China and Vietnam, he said Kuala Lumpur is a natural expansion for Virtuos with its network across Asia, Europe, and North America.
The expansion also builds upon Virtuos’ launches in Lyon and Montreal, and its acquisition in Ho Chi Minh City and Volmi in Ukraine this year.
Its portfolio includes Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Demon’s Souls and Final Fantasy.
Meanwhile, MIDA chief executive officer Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman said Virtuos KL studio is in line with efforts to attract creative quality investments to contribute to a diverse digital media sector to create high-value jobs.
“With the global gaming revenue projected to reach US$219.90 billion in 2022, continuous technological advancements are significantly leveling up the way games are created and improving the overall gaming experience,” he said.
MIDA will continue to promote the sector to nurture a sustainable digital ecosystem, he said.