The Sky Invasion mobile game tournament organised by Techninier Sdn Bhd and U Mobile Sdn Bhd and co-sponsored by Naza Kia Malaysia and HTC Malaysia, saw the top 40 winners take home attractive prizes worth RM100,000 after almost four months of intense competition.
The prize-giving ceremony was held at the Naza Kia Malaysia PJ Red Cube, where the top 15 winners received their prizes.
It was indeed a sweet surprise for grand-prize winner Pek Chin Fai, 39, who beat 17,000 others to drive home a Kia Picanto 1.2AT.
“I found out about the game on Facebook and it was similar to the old school games I used to play as a child, so I decided to give it a try,” said an overjoyed Pek.
“I certainly did not expect to win, I am very excited,” he said.
Wong Chee Hong, 40, and wife Tan Mei Ling, 38, each received a Naza NZ125R motorcycle for winning second and third place, respectively.
The couple had their whole family involved in the game.
“Our target was never the prize; we initially started playing the game with our children as a way to spend time together,” said Wong.
The other 37 winners in the tournament that started in mid April, won prizes such as HTC devices and vouchers.
Garnering 70,000 unique downloads during the competition period, the mobile game received a four-star rating from players and managed to achieve the top 14 downloads under the Malaysian Game Arcade category as reported by Appannie.com.
“The Sky Invasion tournament prize pool of RM100,000 is one of the largest in the history of mobile gaming tournaments in Malaysia,” said Techninier Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Lion Peh.
“This is just the beginning of tournament-style mobile games for Techninier and we are pleased to bring immersive mobile gaming action to our audiences as a starting opportunity for gamers to turn game time into real time bounties.
“Our future plans involve permanent mobile gaming platforms that allow gamers to generate actual money from these mobile games” he added.
“We wanted to work with Malaysian developers, giving them a commercial platform to drive their games, which is one of the things that is a roadblock for many developers out there,” said U Mobile Sdn Bhd chief marketing officer Jasmine Lee on U Mobile’s collaboration with Techninier Sdn Bhd.
“Also, I see a lot of growth in gaming in Malaysia, both in terms of gamers as well as game developers; so we’d like to provide an environment to encourage them further.
“We have a lot of confidence in Techninier and we will certainly continue this relationship,” she added.
Avid gamers can expect more similar mobile game tournaments in the near future, with the “League of Strikers” – a football-themed mobile game available on iOS and Android platforms – coming up next month.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) content advisor Norman H’ng congratulated Techninier’s efforts in spearheading research and development programmes in applications as well as asset digitalisation software.
“It is my sincere hope that the Malaysian content industry perseveres and eventually grows to become the Googles and Apples of the world,” he said.