Ganesh Kumar Bangah
Rather than become a game developer yourself in Malaysia, and really in any other market in South-East Asia aside from Indonesia, you have a better chance of success if you invest US$100,000 in a new game developer in China instead.
Ganesh Kumar Bangah has built MOL Global into one of the world’s top five game payment companies, mainly because of its physical payment outlets that augment its online payments. In the process, he has provided the stimulus for Malaysia to become one of the region’s largest game publishers.
Zafrul Noordin, commander-in-chief of Codearmy.com, wants to use the concept of Gamification – the use of game design principles in applications outside of games – and apply those to solve the problem of talent shortage that companies face.
Friendster, acquired by Asia’s leading e-payment and e-lifestyle provider MOL Global Pte Ltd in 2009, has been officially re-launched as ‘South-East Asia’s social discovery and gaming platform.’
Malaysia does not have enough skilled ICT staff to meet its own national aspirations, let alone compete against other economies in the region. Tertiary institutes are working with the industry to address the issue, however.