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Malaysian content developers to compete for more than US$300,000 worth of grants

AvantiKumar | May 16, 2010
Fifth MSC Malaysia IP Challenge Series: MDeC

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 MAY 2010 Malaysian content developers could win up to US$311,575 (RM1 million) worth of grants in the fifth annual MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge, said government ICT agency MDeC.

The local content development scene continues to grow at a rapid pace and is set to accelerate even faster, said Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chief operating officer, Ng Wan Peng.

In addition to the grants, winners will receive access to development facilities in Cyberjaya, unlimited access to MSC Malaysia Animation & Creative Content Centre (MaC3) facilities, and mentorship from some of the best and more talented individuals and organisations in the country, said Ng.

The MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge [MSC Malaysia IPCC] offers winners the opportunity to showcase their creation and to commercialise their works on an international level, she said.

This is very important as it is rare in a market that is crowded and very competitive. Through this initiative and MDeC's reach and ability, we are able to take Malaysian content creators and help them move to the next level, she said.

The MSC Malaysia IPCC series is an initiative by the Creative Multimedia Department of the MDeC, which aims to discover and enhance the capability of local talents in the area of creative content and of the development of new intellectual property (IP), as well as help to spur growth in the creative multimedia industry under the MSC Malaysia Creative Multimedia Content Initiative (M-CMCI).

 Creating content for the world

To date, [this initiative] has seen several Malaysian content creators and organisations move to the international content creation scene and has been Creating Content for the World' in broadcast and animation through the grants, guidance and content matching that the IPCC provides, said Ng.

This year, the creative competition continues to feature four exciting categories, she said. These are Animation Competition; Computer Casual Games Competition; Digital Interactive Comic Competition and Mobile Games Competition.

For this year, all submissions must be made online at www.mscmalaysia.my/, she said. Shortlisted candidates will be notified and will then go through to the pitching' stage, where participants will pitch their end product and convince the judges of their creative ideas.

Finalists from each category of the competition will receive a sum of money, a development lair at Cyberjaya, unlimited access to Creative Application and Development Centre's facilities, and professional consultancy from experts in the field, said Ng.