Path of Exile has launched but not in South East Asia. This morning Grinding Gear games announced that their publishing partner for the Malaysia/Singapore region will be Garena.
Publishing a game is SE Asia is not easy, China is a huge market but as GGG’s CEO Chris Wilson points out, it’s been hard for them to break into regions such as China due to restrictions that would mean different payment methods and “cultural tweaks”.
The POE team sound happy with this latest result and are confident Garena can do a decent job with the game as they already handle massive titles such as League of Legends in the region. POE players in the Garena controlled regions will also still be able to play on the global realm if they want to, there will be no restrictions, which is a huge plus point for gamers in the region.
A closed beta test will start on the 14 November on a separate realm to help Garena put the game through it’s paces with a localised community.
“We expect that this partnership will both expose millions more gamers to Path of Exile but also introduce them to a version that is appropriate for the culture and language of their territory. With the revenue of this new audience being added to our existing development budget, we anticipate that this will benefit the global Path of Exile community. We will be able to expand Path of Exile even faster, adding more content and features while bringing it to a larger audience”, added Chris Wilson.