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Indonesia’s first homegrown MOBA game draws from the archipelago’s legends

Jakarta-based game developer Anantarupa Studios has launched Indonesia’s first multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game: Lokapala. It will soon enter the country’s professional gaming competitions, which have previously been dominated by foreign-made games.

Anantarupa and publisher Melon Indonesia, a subsidiary of state-owned telecommunications giant Telkom, launched the game on the Google Play Store on Wednesday.

“After two years of hard work and collaboration with comic artist Ragasukma, animation studio Kratoon, composer Elwin Hendrijanto and audio production house INharmonic, we present you the first local esports game in Indonesia,” Anantarupa managing director Diana Paskarina said.

Anantarupa director Ivan Chen said they chose to develop MOBA as their data showed that 67 percent of esports enthusiasts preferred the genre to others such as first-person shooters, third-person shooters and real-time strategy.

For instance, he said, the popular game Mobile Legends – a MOBA game created by Chinese developer Moonton –  had 60 million players in Indonesia in 2019 and around 100 million this year.

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