Software Company Singapore
January 18, 2012
Written by: Sreeprakash Neelakantan
A bird's eye view
Singapore is one of the world's leading up-and-coming markets for video game development today. The fledgling
software community in Singapore consists mainly of two types of studios: a number of well established software
houses all with large studios often employing hundreds of people, and a number of smaller start up businesses
thriving happily and breaking new ground in mobile, social and indie development.
LucasArts Singapore employs around 70 workers, and is known for providing quality material and additional level
design for some AAA video game titles, such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 for the Xbox 360 and
Playstation 3. In addition to this, Ubisoft, the vast French developer, also has a Singapore division which
employs over a hundred staff. Working on big titles like Assassin's Creed 2 has given the Singapore development
scene a boost; while for the independent studios hosted in the 240 square mile country, the presence of a
larger studio lends these start-ups additional credibility.
The Singapore government's initiative to promote media development within its borders is known as the Media
Development Authority and is designed to showcase and promote media industries within Singapore, offering
incentives to companies who may wish to relocate in order to take advantage of the low taxation levels, good
weather and great food one finds within Singapore's borders. Indeed, many of the videogame startup companies in
the country have also benefited from these incentives. The many companies that relocate to Singapore may
consider it an ideal country to locate to, owing in part to the high levels of English spoken by natives and a
good general understanding of both Eastern and Western cultures.
Companies like Boomzap Studios focus on iOS and Android devices and tablets in order to focus on products with
shorter development times and software with less overhead costs. Known for titles such as Antique Road Trip 2,
Boomzap Studios have been able to carve out a niche for their own products both within Singapore and on an
Magma Studios, responsible for the ambitious browser-based MMORPG World of Temasek even developed their own
scripting software in-house in order to write quests for the game. Many Singapore-based start-up companies have
been able to produce very impressive work considering the age of the industry in the country.
The Media Development Authority (MDA) provides companies or individuals looking to develop their own software,
apps and video games with a safety net to help them get off the ground. While operating costs are not as cheap
as they have been in the past, the high percentage of start-up businesses offered assistance from the
government means that many feel safe and secure enough to explore their creativity and begin to develop great,
creative apps. In particular, the GAME+ incentive offered throughout 2011 and 2012 by the MDA allowed for the
additional development of around 20 locally made game titles and apps.
In recent times, it has been difficult for the software development community in the country to cast off
impressions of it being young. It looks like the scene is quickly gathering a sense of experience and will soon
be regarded as an international player.
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