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XM Studios partners HIDDEN to deliver new art collectibles experience

XM Studios partners HIDDEN to deliver new art collectibles experience

Strategic alliance between two Singapore companies aims to build an engaged community of luxury art collectors, comic fans and lovers of pop culture.

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach Newswire – 11 July 2024 – XM Studios, a multi-award-winning global design studio specialising in the creation of luxury art collectibles, has formed a strategic alliance with HIDDEN, a fast-growing local social enterprise specialising in immersive games, to deliver new interactive experiences that would enthral pop-culture lovers while cultivating a deeper appreciation for some of the most iconic collectibles in the world.

Ben Ang, CEO of XM Studios (left) and Lim Yee Hung, co-founder of HIDDEN, at the XM Studios Gallery at French Road in Singapore.
Ben Ang, CEO of XM Studios (left) and Lim Yee Hung, co-founder of HIDDEN, at the XM Studios Gallery at French Road in Singapore.

Leveraging both companies’ expertise, networks, and reach, this collaboration presents significant opportunities to create and nurture an engaged community of luxury art collectors, comic enthusiasts, and pop culture aficionados, extending beyond current possibilities.
A licensee of Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery Consumer Products, Hasbro and more, XM Studios has garnered numerous awards from community-led events by its clients, and from within the creative industry. It was the winner of Singapore’s Emerging Enterprise Award in 2018 and was previously awarded a prestigious “Mickey” award by Disney for Product of the Year.
Since 2022, HIDDEN has drawn on its strengths in storytelling, game design and technology to engage audiences through new immersive experiences. Over the years, the company’s unique chatbot-led games have won multiple awards, including the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2023 and 2024.

As part of the collaboration, HIDDEN is proud to announce the launch of an innovative interactive game, powered by its popular chatbot-led game engine, at XM Studios’ gallery within the Kitchener Complex building along French Road.
This engaging experience allows visitors to delve into the ‘hidden’ stories behind the gallery’s visually stunning displays, offering a unique opportunity to feel the passion and dedication that fueled their creation.
Through a series of unique puzzles and clues, visitors will learn more about XM Studios’ collectibles, which include large-format statues and intricate dioramas of iconic comic superheroes as well as other favourite characters from well-loved franchises.
This partnership unites an internationally acclaimed creative brand based in Singapore with a fast-expanding game company that blends physical and virtual experiences uniquely.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with HIDDEN, another enterprising Singapore company, to leverage technology in creating more engaging experiences that will grow our community of fans, customers, and friends,” said Ben Ang, CEO of XM Studios.
“We look forward to expanding this collaboration regionally to develop new ways to make our unique creations more engaging and interesting to a wider audience,” he added.
“As a personal collector of XM myself, Ben is the reason I am afraid to look at my credit card statement every month,” said Lim Yee Hung, co-founder of HIDDEN. “It feels surreal to be able to work directly with the creators of some of the most iconic works in pop culture today.”
“As part of our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this year alone we have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to our fellow independent businesses like Caffeine Xpress, Sourbombe, Tea Chapter, and now XM Studios,” he added.
As a newly-minted authorised distributor for XM Studios, HIDDEN has recently purchased thousands of licensed collectibles, which will be given to players who sign up for the interactive game within the XM Studios gallery.
For HIDDEN, the latest partnership builds on its earlier success in developing similar games and activities in Singapore. From couples on a date to corporate teams gathered for a fun day out, users have been attracted to HIDDEN’s adventure games by the rich content and interesting combination of the physical and digital worlds.
In November 2023, its popular adventure game was introduced at Changi Airport to enable users to explore the world-famous landmark through digital clues delivered to their phones.
Earlier this year, in April, HIDDEN’s adventure game was part of a national effort to promote the rich heritage of Singapore’s neighbourhoods. Partnering the National Heritage Board, HIDDEN provided a virtual quest in Katong-Joo Chiat to help launch the Heritage Activation Node (HAN) initiative to uncover the untold stories that make communities special.

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ABOUT XM Studios

XM Studios is a Singapore-based global design studio that specialises in the production of handcrafted and hand-painted luxury art collectibles. With storytelling designs meant to evoke nostalgic memories, shaped by a collector base spanning the entire globe, XM Studios strives to perfect the most important element – the collecting experience itself. Recognised by international industry bodies as one of the best design houses in the pop culture collectibles space, XM Studios has been awarded ‘Product of the Year’ by Disney and ‘Most Innovative Product’ by Warner Bros. Discovery. In addition to being a winner of Singapore’s Emerging Enterprise Award, XM Studios has also scooped up numerous awards from community-led events such as the Statue Forum Awards.

Current intellectual property licences include Disney (Marvel, Mickey & Friends), Warner Bros. Discovery Consumer Products (DC: Batman, DC: Justice League, The Lord of the Rings, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby, Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, DC: Super Pets), Hasbro (G1 Transformers, Beast Wars) and more. For more information, please visit www.xm-studios.com

ABOUT HIDDEN

HIDDEN is an award-winning experiences company that combines the physical and virtual worlds to help players uncover hidden gems in a city’s iconic neighbourhoods. Launched in 2022, the company is the brainchild of two childhood friends who wanted to make heritage come alive and easily accessible through games and technology.
As a social enterprise under the United Nations Development Programme, HIDDENTM is committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. For more information, please visit www.hidden.sg

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