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Former LucasArts Singapore devs form new studio; raises US$1.475M

New company Booster Pack receives funding from Cyberworld Studios, Ariel Star Group and Kathrein Ventures; focusses on creating games using premium IP

By Jonathan Toyad

Image credit: The Real Singapore

Image credit: The Real Singapore

As you can tell from our past Casual Connect Asia article, Singapore is brimming with talented game developers and startups. The country can now add one more possibly prolific startup to the ever-growing list: Booster Pack.

The team consists of former LucasArts Singapore members: games producer Kent Byers, lead designer Shane Gavin, senior engineer Chris Chu, and lead artist Benjamin Chevalier. The four decided to stay together following the closure of game studio LucasArts last year, and now has received US$1,475,000 in funding, thanks to lead investors Cyberworld Studios, Ariel Star Group and Kathrein Ventures.

According to a Techcrunch report, Byers said that the company will be focussed on making games using premium and high-quality intellectual properties, as well as contributing to the Singapore game industry. “In Southeast Asia, it’s really hard to bring together experienced teams, especially in Singapore. It’s just that there are not many gaming companies here yet but it is growing.”

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Byers said that the company believes that its background and experience will help in the long run. “We have worked together for four to five years, so we’re the kind of team that knows what we are good at and what our strengths are. It’s a rare chance to have that in Singapore. We’ve worked on Star Wars and other big IPs. Our team members have worked at Activision, Gameloft, Disney; I think that sets us apart from other companies here, especially in Southeast Asia.”

The funds that Booster Pack has received will be used not only for their first title, but also for post-launch marketing and player support costs. Speaking of which, the company’s first release will not be out until the fourth quarter of 2014.