Digital Content Creators Challenge (DiCE) – Games Prototype Category
DICE - Digital Games is a yearly competition where Malaysian game developers can submit their game ideas or commercial ready games for an opportunity to win grants to develop their ideas into a working game prototype or to commercialise their games.
Winners will be awarded up to RM10,000 each to support development of their game prototype and RM50,000 each for the development of their commercial ready games. This grant is designed to encourage game entrepreneurship in the industry and provide support in IP creation for fresh and young game companies!
In 2019, Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) is officially named as Digital Content Creators Challenge (DiCE). There are 2 category under DiCE, Digital Games and Animation. Game Prototype is one of the sub-category under Digital Games category. Having the RM10,000 grant will help the games startups (DiCE winners) to develop their game prototype faster and able to take this games prototype to pitch their potential investors for future development.
With the prerequisite being a finished game prototype, this new requirement in DiCE application managed to attract a new class of digital creative content creators. There are 22 submissions this year and 20 teams attended the pitching days on 9 July 2019 and 10 July 2019. Majority of game developer are from Klang Valley.
Game developers were required to pitch their game ideas at the pitching session in 15 minutes including Q&A session. A panel of judges were formed by the owners of various game studios with the criteria of previous IPCC winners, successful indie game studio and having their game studio in business internationally.
10 winners were awarded RM10,000 grant to develop their game prototype in 8 weeks (2 months). Here is the winner list after 2 days of pitching:
With the RM10,000 grant, the game developers can complete their prototype and at the same time, they can sharpen their presentation skills, gain experiences in building game concepts, other technical and non-technical skills too. Most of the game developers are aware of their future challenges in finding their right team members to complete the prototype or full game development later. Besides that, publishing and commercialisation of their games will be another challenge after the full development of their games.
Nevertheless, it is a learning process for the game developers and MDEC is here to provide the relevant guidance, supports and assistance whichever possible so that they can become a successful digital creative content creator one day.