Indonesia: GoDaddy launches in 11 Asian markets; Framework for gaming industry

US-based SME-focussed technology provider GoDaddy Inc. has launched its cloud-based suite of products in 11 Asian markets. And, Indonesia is looking at formulating a strategic framework to shape the nation’s digital gaming industry to enable local developers gain a controlling share of the market.

GoDaddy covers 11 Asian markets

With the launch of 11 new markets, GoDaddy now covers 14 markets across Asia including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“Asia is home to one of the largest, most vibrant small business communities in the world. GoDaddy is committed to providing the products and services that will enable Asia entrepreneurs to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving in press statement.

GoDaddy offers .cn for China market to help facilitate cross-border commerce between China and neighboring markets including an aftermarket platform where users can buy and sell domain names.

Across Asia, there are more than 1.6 billion Internet users. Of those, over 600 million are in China and the country has registered more than 16 million .cn domain names. China also has a 50.33 per cent Internet penetration rate, showing the country will continue to grow.

“Having the ability to offer cross-border commerce with China is important, especially in the Asia Region,” said Roger Cs hen, Vice President of Asia, GoDaddy.

Indonesia plans framework for gaming industry

A government team, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Creative Economy Agency and game developers, are currently evaluating the various challenges facing the country’s gaming industry to formulate a plan to enable their growth.

The idea is to facilitate development of the local gaming industry so that it gains control of 50 per cent market share by 2020. Currently, the local gaming sector accounts for 10 per cent of the $321-million local video game industry.

“We hope [the government and game developers] can meet again next week. We haven’t yet decided on a deadline for the framework but it has to be realized in the near future, because we already have an action plan,” Luat Sihombing, head of SMEs product development at the communications ministry’s directorate general of informatics application told the Jakarta Globe.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.