Indonesian e-sport firm develops game with Hindu theme

When Indian children influenced by Western themes in multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, Indonesia’s game developer has launched its first game based on Hindu legends.  The game is widely appreciated in the country, according to Jakarta Post.

in Lokapala, the characters and their stories are based on a mix of Indonesian mythology, culture and history, with most of their names derived from Sanskrit. The game includes Nala, a warlord of the Majapahit empire, and Vijaya, a prince of Javanese Hindu-Buddhist kingdom Singhasari.

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

MOBA game’s “hero” character is Lokapala who has a unique set of skills.  “Lokapala means guardians of the realm. The heroes, called ksatria [knights], want to protect their loka, or realm,” Anantarupa director Ivan Chen told Jakarta Post.

According to the report, in Lokapala, the characters and their stories are based on a mix of Indonesian mythology, culture and history, with most of their names derived from Sanskrit. The game includes Nala, a warlord of the Majapahit empire, and Vijaya, a prince of Javanese Hindu-Buddhist kingdom Singhasari.

Education and Culture Ministry culture director general Hilmar Farid applauded the initiative to introduce Indonesia’s historical heroes in a video game.

“Hopefully, it will cause more developers to put cultural narratives into their games,” the minister said.

Ivan added that the most anticipated breakthrough of Lokapala lay in its role in e-sports. “We will soon host our first competition, where participants will be invited to contribute to the Covid-19 response. All the funds collected from the tickets will be used to procure supplies for medical workers,” he said.


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