Anantarupa Studios: Using mobile games to retell local folklore to game-loving Indonesians

Anantarupa Studios hopes to introduce Indonesian folk legends to the younger generation © Anantarupa

Next month, online game and AR/VR developer Anantarupa Studios will release Lokapala, the first Indonesian Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game

At the peak of its popularity in 2018, the Chinese game, Mobile Legends, had 50m active users a month from Indonesia alone, out of its 70m users. It's a success that the developer, Shanghai Moonton Technology, acknowledged by adding to the game a character called Gatotkaca, created based on an Indonesian folklore hero. MOBA, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, gaming is part of a huge mobile gaming market valued at US$68.5bn this year, but only one Indonesian digital content developer, Anantarupa Studios, is in the business. In January 2020, Anantarupa will be releasing the world's first-...
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