The IMGA SEA ceremony was held during the Level Up KL 2016 conference, and organized in partnership with MDEC, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. Southeast Asia’s top mobile gaming talent was in attendance, both at the ceremony and the exclusive party that followed hosted by the Emcee Shing Queen.
Inspired by classic turn-based strategy games like Civilization, Heroes of Might & Magic, and Risk, Legends of Callasia adds an original simultaneous gameplay mechanic that keeps games moving quickly, even in multiplayer mode up to 8 players while adding deep strategy elements. Easy to pick up and learn, the game has a classic tabletop feel, allowing players to build and control heroes and armies, build castles and cities, and control territories and kingdoms.
“Winners like Legends of Callasia highlight the new standard of creativity and the emerging quality of the productions found in mobile gaming”, said Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA. “Out of the many submissions, Boomzap’s game was one of the few to rise to the top of the prominent list of jury’s best experiences in its category.”
As a virtual studio with developers from Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries across the region, Boomzap co-founder Christopher Natsuume said, “A win for Boomzap is actually a win for all of Southeast Asia and I’m thrilled to be working in all of these countries.” He also added praise for the IMGA for “continuing to support game development in Southeast Asia which is hands down the most exciting place in the world right now for game development.”
Boomzap Entertainment is a virtual game development studio headquartered in Singapore, and is proud to be a regional leader in the rapidly growing Southeast Asian game development industry. Since its formation in 2005, Boomzap has developed and released over 40 game titles on PC, Mac, Wii, iPad, iPhone and Android, winning multiple awards and selling tens of millions of units worldwide, making it one of the top casual game studios in the industry today. Learn more about Boomzap at www.boomzap.com, or follow their social media pages for updates: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit
The IMGA is the longest standing mobile games award program started in 2004. With its long history and unique judging process, it has recognized some of the world’s most popular titles in their early days, such as Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. It is the only competition that unites the industry by celebrating excellence and innovation in games.
Legends of Callasia’s first expansion pack is here, centered around a new playable Faction: the Dwarves, also known as the Stoneborne!
The new DLC contains as much content as 1/3 of the main game, including a new campaign, 11 playable Stoneborne heroes, 20 new maps, underground seasons, over 20 new cards, new emblems, new achievements, and a new enemy faction, the Cavespawn.
To purchase the DLC, you can click on the Buy Now button in-game if you have the full version, or go directly to the DLC page linked above. A default set of four Stoneborne heroes and the first Stoneborne campaign will be available to all users as a free demo. You can also play in any of the new maps, if the game is hosted by a player who already owns the DLC. Kickstarter backers will receive an email with their Steam keys this week.
We also have an update for the main game! Full patch notes below:
Revamped Alliance system. You can now setup “Teams” before or during a game which allows you to team up with more than 2 players.
The Sea of Salt
Fixed Glacierlands Quick Start option giving out bonus units at the start of a game.
Fixed Silverlands Quick Start option giving out bonus units at the start of a game.
We are counting down the days to the release of The Stoneborne DLC! Next week, we are holding Dwarf multiplayer games with our closed beta group on Twitch, and we are gearing towards launching the DLC on the week of October 17 (if nothing bad happens). If you want to join the beta group, let us know in the #omg-dwarves channel on Discord.
Here’s a video of one of the dev-only multiplayer sessions we had this week. You’ll see that most of the backer suggestions for names are in!