Welcome to Virtual SEA – Home of Southeast Asian gaming culture!

On this website, we cover all kinds of video games from all over Southeast Asia* developed by Southeast Asian game studios (usually indies). We publish reviews, previews, news and reports linked to Southeast Asian gaming culture in English language. Virtual SEA is a private and non-profit project. We are independent writers not associated to any company. Our goal is to show the world that Southeast Asian indie developers make marvellous games with often interesting local input and clever new ideas. We strongly believe that the Southeast Asian games market will become one of the biggest and most important markets in the world and Virtual SEA is your first step into it.

Enjoy the virtual gaming worlds of Southeast Asia! Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestion through our contact page.

*Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Timor-Leste and the Philippines.

Team

andreas betsche

Andreas founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after doing some research on Cambodian mobile games. Having a background in Southeast Asia studies, he soon discovered other gems from that region leading to this website. Since he was a child, games were a vital part of his life, so here are his top three games: Terranigma (Tenchi Souzou), Gothic, Beyond Good & Evil.

luna

Luna is an indie game developer and author from Berlin. She’s all into games, comics and other geeky stuff. On Virtual SEA, she reviews games and occasionally irons out Andreas’ many spelling and grammar mistakes. Her top three games are: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Lufia), Seiken Densetsu 2&3 (Secret of Mana & Secret of Mana 2), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Oliver

Oliver:  Usually, you say: „If life gives you lemons, make lemonade of it.“ But my life was more like: „If life gives you hardware and video games, explore it.” Since I got my first GameBoy in 1999, I felt in love with video games and every thought about it – or just enjoy playing until today. When my day job is done, I love to explore the vast universe of gaming in as many parts as I can. Even the technical thoughts, next to narration and world building, is an aspect that I love to dive in. Therefore, I accepted the challenge to write about Southeast Asian indie games, to explore a whole new genre to think outside of the box.

alfiano

Alfiano: I’m a UI / UX Designer, but I often use my free time to play games, so I can say I’m an enthusiast gamer. My interest in games has something to do with the design, for example in-game menus.  As a designer, one must think hard about designing the UI, and the design of each level. On the other hand, I think games often come with an interesting storyline that makes me want to play more and more … and more.

Carlo was working at his summer internship when his boss stuck her head in through the door and asked “Does anyone here want to write about video games?” and he said yes without thinking, so he guesses this is something he just does now. His list of favourite video games changes as rapidly as the industry makes controversies, so he’s not sure what to say for this part. He does, however, have a couple thousand hours in Dota 2, so it’s probably going to be it.

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