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

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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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