Singapore Game Development

Singapore’s games sector is one of the fastest growing media sector and home to regional HQs of major industry players, as well as a vibrant scene of indie developers and tabletop creators across the island. Singapore also houses several renowned educational institutions with game-related courses.

Disclaimer: Data is based on community contributions which SGGA endeavours to maintain accuracy

Disclaimer: Data is based on community contributions which SGG endeavours to maintain accuracy

Industry Milestones

  • 2007:

    • Singapore-MIT Game Lab (GAMBIT) program by then Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to accelerate talents into the nascent, but rapidly growing games industry.

  • 2008:

    • Major international game studios and institution such as Ubisoft, Lucasarts, DigiPen etc. setup base in Singapore.

  • 2011:

    • Games Solution Centre (GSC) launched by MDA & Nanyang Polytechnic at Mediapolis Phase 0 (also known as Block 71) as a rapid prototyping development environment for Singapore-based start-ups to incubate and develop their games.

    • GSC houses Southeast Asia’s first Playstation Incubation Studio.

  • 2015:

    • MDA launches the SG50 Games, celebrating 5 different Singapore-themed mobile games by indie developers as part of its industry development efforts.

  • 2016:

    • MDA merged with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) to form Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

    • IMDA launches PIXEL Studios, an evolution of GSC as an innovation hub for games, online media and tech start-ups/projects.

  • 2017:

    • Formation of the ground-up industry community group - Singapore Games Guild (SGG), a non-profit organisation registered under the Registry of Societies.

    • Organised annual Singapore game industry day, monthly GameDevDrinkUp and ad-hoc fireside chats for the game creation community

  • 2018:

    • Setting up of the SGG Facebook Group & Website, featuring the Singapore Industry Directory #SGGamedevs and history of Singapore-made games #SGGames

  • 2019:

    • SGG Facebook group reaches close to 900 community members

    • SGG selected by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and IMDA to be the primary trade association in executing industry-wide initiatives for the online gaming and esports industry sector, following the pitching outcome of the agencies’ Esports and Online Gaming Industry Association Pitching and Voting event.

  • 2020:

    • SGGA is officially launched

Image Credits: JTC, IMDA