Gaming is now the fastest growing field driving Singapore’s digital economy, according to a 2023 report. The country has become a prominent hub for esports tournaments, winning its first SEA Games gold medal in 2023. And it was at the forefront of the GameFi craze in 2021 and 2022. The Singaporean government has also provided funding and support for multinational game developers to open offices here, with the hope that these studios will cultivate more local game developers.
Home to millions of players and several top AAA studios, Singapore is a burgeoning hotspot for video game development. Below, we explore some of the top Singapore gaming companies driving the industry forward.
Top Gaming Companies in Singapore
- Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Riot Games
- Bandai Namco
6 Top Gaming Companies in Singapore
With an annual revenue of some $28.2 billion in 2023, Sony Interactive Entertainment is one of the largest video game makers in the world. The company primarily operates the PlayStation brand of video game consoles, as well as more than a dozen studios, which make popular titles like God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and The Last of Us. SIE has various corporate headquarters around the world — including one in Singapore, which controls the company’s Southeast Asia operations.
Ever since it released the online multiplayer League of Legends in 2009, Riot Games has remained a prominent fixture in the gaming industry. Since then, League has grown into one of the most-played PC games in the world, and a key driver in the rise of esports. And Riot Games has released several mobile games, including Legends of Runeterra and Teamfight Tactics. The Los Angeles-based company’s Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore, which serves as both a studio and homebase for the region’s esports team.
Ubisoft is the game developer behind popular franchises like Far Cry, Just Dance and Assassin’s Creed, as well as the much-anticipated Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora game, which is based on the Avatar film franchise. Founded in France in the 1980s, Ubisoft opened its Singapore office in 2008, which is now the largest AAA studio in South East Asia, according to the company.
HoYoverse is the metaverse branch of miHoYo, the Chinese video game development and publishing company behind the popular action role-playing game Genshin Impact. In addition to games, the company has created various products like novels, comics, merchandise and an animated series. HoYoVerse has studios in Montreal, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Seoul, and opened its headquarters in Singapore in 2022, which serves as a key hub for the company’s global distribution and operation efforts.
As the digital entertainment arm of parent company Sea Group, Garena is a game developer and publisher based in Singapore. In addition to producing several of its own free online games, the company distributes various game titles across Southeast Asia on its Garena PC platform, including multiplayer online battle arena games League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, as well as football game FIFA Online 3 and first-person shooter game Point Blank. Garena is also a leading organizer of esports events across greater Southeast Asia.
Founded in 2005 following a merger between toymaker Bandai and gaming and entertainment company Namco, Bandai Namco is video game publisher headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It owns several video game franchises, including Ace Combat, Dark Souls, and Pac-Man, with the titular yellow character serving as the company’s official mascot. Bandai Namco’s studio in Singapore is its “leading development center” in Asia, developing games and content for the Asian Pacific market.