20% more visitorsfrom 25 countries at GameStart 2017Record attendanceand engagement in the biggest South East Asia Major to dateThought-provokingdiscussions at the Inaugural SEA Summit SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 13 November 2017 – GameStart2017, the fourth edition of Southeast Asia’s premier game convention organizedby Eliphant, concluded with resounding success. Held on 14 & 15 October atSuntec Convention Centre, GameStart 2017 welcomed a record 24,000 local andoverseas visitors, a 20% increase from last year. The event’s official livestream, which was broadcast on Twitch and Facebook Live, saw online views ofover 80,000. The inaugural SEA Summit business conference concludedsuccessfully on 12 and 13 October, with gaming scene insights from 46 industryexperts.   Over24,000 attendees from 25 countries  The Cyberpunk-themed showfloor spannedthree halls, up from two last year, with new delights and returning favourites.At the Founders Base, 16 indie game companies and startups from Singapore,Indonesia and Taiwan offered a wide variety of games to try, including UltraSpace Battle Brawl by TOGE Productions (Indonesia), and BattleSky Brigade byBattlebrew Productions (Singapore). 16 local indie game developers alsoshowcased new games at the Games Pavilion by the International Game DevelopersAssociation of Singapore (IGDA|SG), supported by IMDA.(List of games – https://gamestart.asia/gamestart-2017/singapore-games-pavilion-by-igda/) Returning crowd favourites included theexpanded Doujin Market with 40 booths showcasing game-inspired artwork andmerchandise, the RetroDNA area, and theSecretlab Grand Prix Chair Race, backfor the second year.  Analog gaming fans were treated to thedebut of the GameStart TableTop (GST) gaming area, with the Dungeons andDragons gaming tables, tabletop tournaments, and demo areas for Magic: TheGathering and Final Fantasy TCG. Visitors picked up drinks and food at the newDrinkery while checking out the latest Samsung tech or watching theheart-stopping action at the nearby SEA Major booth. Gamers enjoyed Bandai’s highlyanticipated Dragonball FighterZ, PlayStation’s unreleased game Final FantasyDissidia, custom racing pods for Gran Turismo Sport, and the South-east Asiandebut of Shadowverse by Cygames. At the GameStart Indies Awards, Cat Questby Gentlebros (Visitor’s Choice) and Songbird Symphony (Judges’ Choice) byJoysteak Studios won the opportunity to exhibit at the Taipei Game Show 2018.  The fun never stopped at GameStart 2017.Special stage guests included the legendary Game Director of NieR: AutomataYOKO TARO, Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito, and renowned board game designer,Eric Lang. Attendees also checked out the ARTBLOVK Gallery Exhibition andeager-eyed shoppers snapped up T-shirts from Xmashed Gear and gaming gear fromArmaggeddon. SEA Summit – Diving into the Heart of theGaming Business Eliphant, the organiser of GameStartAsia, and the International Mobile Game Awards (IMGA) hosted the inaugural SEASummit business conference on 12 and 13 October. Local and overseas industryexperts, including consultants, investors, media editors and professionalgamers, shared insights on esports and game marketing opportunities andchallenges.  The second edition of the InternationalMobile Gaming Awards (IMGA)’s SEA awards, held on 13 October after the Summit,saw 13 out of 65 titles emerge victorious. (Winners’ list: http://sea.imgawards.com/winners-nominees/2nd-imga-southeast-asia/)  AWeekend of Gaming Fun for families, buddies and comrades  Close to 1,000 cosplayers brought theirfavourite gaming characters to life across the halls with appearances bycelebrity cosplay guests AstroKerrie, Vera Chimera, Ying Tze and Carry. A NieRCosplay Contest was held in partnership with SOZO and Sony Music, featuringesteemed judges Tokumaru Oguri-san (President of World Cosplay Summit Co. Ltd),YOKO TARO and Yosuke Saito.   “We are absolutely delighted with theresponse to GameStart 2017 and are so grateful for the support of ourexhibitors, partners, sponsors and most of all, the throngs of gaming fans whoturned up. We really have an awesome gaming community here in Asia, and thisshow could not have been possible without the backing of everyone involved.”said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia.  Esports Reaches Fever Pitch at SEA Major With the esports scene inching closer tomainstream adoption, competitive gaming reached new heights in GameStart 2017.The convention hosted SEA Major 2017, the region’s largest fighting gametournament, and the inaugural SEA Mobile Major.  With over 930,000 video plays on 540,000unique devices on Twitch, international players pitted their skills in theCapcom Pro Tour 2017 Asia Regional Finals, Tekken 7 Asia Regionals, WindjammersAPAC Championship, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Battle of the Stones and othertournaments. Other crowd-pleasers include the return of the annual GameStartFIFA 18 Tournament, the new Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds tournament, and theGrand Finals of the Legion Singapore League, the Shadowverse SEA Open andVainglory tournaments.  More information on GameStart 2017 areavailable on www.gamestart.asia, and www.facebook.com/GameStart.Asia.  Photo/VideoResources (Credits GameStart Asia):SEA Summit EventPhotos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1C3V2RfMMi-mEmvvwErd4MnkH2_ht0yumGameStart 2017Event:Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-KKrkktnQFSVExDUFNVXy1nVW8?usp=sharingVideos: www.youtube.com/gamestartasia About GameStart AsiaGameStart Asia is Singapore’s largestgaming event and has gained reputation as a premier gaming convention inSoutheast Asia since its debut in 2014. Organised by Eliphant Pte Ltd, theconvention seeks to bring everything gaming-related to audiences in Asia. Inaddition to triple A games and exclusives, GameStart also supports the localgaming and pop culture communities, from cosplay to indie developers andartists. In 2017, the event has expanded into the B2B arena, organising theinaugural SEA Summit business conference, in partnership with the InternationalMobile Gaming Awards.  

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