The Company Behind 'Pac-Man' And 'Naruto' Video Games Has Opened Up A Studio In Malaysia

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Renowned Japanese video game publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment has officially established a studio in Malaysia with hopes to open up more opportunities and grow the local games industry.

From left: MDEC Director of Creative Content & Technology Division Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Managing Director of BNSMY Makoto Ishii, and a representative from Lemonsky.

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BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc., with the help of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), has officially opened up a studio in Kuala Lumpur known as BANDAI NAMCO Studios Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BNSMY). The studio was formally launched in-house during a private ceremony with the attendance of Makoto Ishii, Managing Director of BNSMY, Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Director of Creative Content & Technology Division of MDEC, as well as guests from Lemonsky.

Founded in 1955 as Namco Ltd., Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. is the company behind popular video game series such as 'Pac-Man', 'Tamagotchi', and 'Tekken'

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Bandai Namco, which incorporated Bandai Co. Ltd. into its operations in early 2005, has also developed and published video games based on well-known manga and anime series such as 'Dragon Ball', 'Naruto', 'Digimon', 'Mobile Suit Gundam', and 'One Piece'.

The company's Malaysian studio will be focused on visual arts production in the region, collaborating with its Singaporean counterpart to develop content for its global market

The studio will also be partnering with local CGI studio LemonSky Animation as well as receive support from MDEC in commencing operations and business at Bandai Namco's new location, which will be home to about a hundred employees.

"Having a major industry player such as Bandai Namco setting up a studio in Malaysia speaks volumes of our talent pool, games industry and national economy," said Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Director of Creative Content & Technology Division of MDEC.

"Our games industry is stronger than ever and we are excited to see what lies ahead," he added.

"At the same time, we are thrilled to be collaborating with the Japanese game industry to grow this region together. We hope that Bandai Namco Studios Malaysia will play an active role in developing our local games ecosystem towards our national mission in becoming the leading ASEAN games development hub."

"We will do our best effort to become the best content developer in Asia by producing top-notch content that cater to this region," said Makoto Ishii, Managing Director of Bandai Namco Studios Malaysia.

"We would like to thank our partners for their continuous support in establishing the studio and we look forward to a wonderful future with much success," he added.

Aside from Bandai Namco, the company behind blockbuster franchises such as 'Assassin's Creed' and 'Prince of Persia' is also looking into venturing to Malaysia:

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