Indonesia’s Touchten delivers games with a Japanese flavor


Touchten Games is a startup gaming studio based in Jakarta. Since its launch back in 2009, it has introduced 17 gaming titles for Android and iOS platforms. During my recent visit to Jakarta for Startup Asia, Touchten’s co-founder and CEO Anton Soeharyo told me that his company has raised an undisclosed sum of series B investment from CyberAgent Ventures and other investors.

Prior to launching the company, Anton attended Tokyo’s Waseda University where he learned much about Japanese culture and business. After graduating, he returned to Jakarta and launched the company. He explains:

Our titles have a Japanese flavor because I love Japan so much, like Ramen Chain and the Sushi Chain. We hope our efforts will help people around the world know more about the Japanese culture.

Remarkably Touchten’s Ramen Chain app was copied by a pirate developer and published as ‘Daren Ramen Shop’ back in October. It seems like it has already been removed from the appstore, but it was not a good situation for Touchten. On the bright side though, it did indicate that there was big potential for such a title in the South East Asian regions, since pirates deemed it worthy of imitation.

Anton recently married a Japanese national whom he has been with for quite some timenow. So he’s now enjoying good fortune in both his private life and his work life. Hopefully he can grow his business further and bridge the two startup ecosystems in Japan an Indonesia.

For those who are interested in getting in touch with him, startup incubator Samurai Incubate will be holding an evening meet-up event on December 12th in partnership with the Tech in Asia blog. Anton will give you a speech at that event, and will be available afterwords if you’d like to chat.