Attended by Over 24,000 People, GameStart 2017 and SEA Summit Set New Record!

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Great news from gaming industry ecosystem in Southeast Asia! GameStart 2017, the fourth edition of Southeast Asia’s premier game conventions organized by Eliphant, concluded with resounding success.

Held on 14 & 15 October at Suntec Convention Centre, GameStart 2017 welcomed a record with totals 24,000 local and overseas visitors, which is a 20% increase from last year.

The event’s official live stream page, which was broadcasted on Twitch and Facebook Live, has received over 80,000 views online. The inaugural SEA Summit business conference was concluded successfully on 12 and 13 October, with gaming scene insights from 46 industry experts across the world.

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The SEA Summit 2017

The Cyberpunk-themed show floor spanned three halls, up from being only two last year, with new delights and returning favorites. At the Founders Base, 16 indie game companies from Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan offered a wide variety of games to try. Some of the notable titles are Ultra Space Battle Brawl by TOGE Productions (Indonesia), and BattleSky Brigade by Battlebrew Productions (Singapore).

A total of 16 local indie game developers also showcased new games at the Games Pavilion by the International Game Developers Association of Singapore (IGDA|SG), supported by IMDA.

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Returning crowd’s favorites included the expanded Doujin Market with 40 booths showcasing game-inspired artworks and merchandises, the RetroDNA area, and the Secretlab Grand Prix Chair Race, back for the second year.

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Analog gaming fans were treated to the debut of the GameStart TableTop (GST) gaming area, with the Dungeons and Dragons gaming tables, tabletop tournaments, and demo areas for Magic: The Gathering and Final Fantasy TCG. Visitors picked up drinks and food at the new Drinkery while checking out the latest Samsung tech or watching the heart-stopping action at the nearby SEA Major booth.

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At the other side of the hall, gamers enjoyed highly anticipated titles from big companies. Some of them were Bandai’s Dragonball FighterZ, PlayStation’s unreleased game Final Fantasy Dissidia NT, custom racing pods for Gran Turismo Sport, and the Southeast Asian debut of Shadowverse by Cygames.

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At the GameStart Indies Awards, Cat Quest by Gentlebros (Visitor’s Choice) and Songbird Symphony (Judges’ Choice) by Joysteak Studios won. They get the opportunity to exhibit at Taipei Game Show 2018 which will be held in January 2018.

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Yoko Taro (two from right) and Yosuke Saito (two from left) is on stage!

The fun never stopped at GameStart 2017. Special stage guests included the legendary Game Director of NieR: Automata Yoko Taro, Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito, and renowned board game designer, Eric Lang. Attendees also checked out the ARTBLOVK Gallery Exhibition. And then, eager-eyed shoppers snapped up T-shirts from Xmashed Gear and gaming gear from Armaggeddon.

The First SEA Summit – Diving into the Heart of the Gaming Business
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The SEA Summit 2017

Eliphant, the organizer of GameStart Asia, and the International Mobile Game Awards (IMGA) hosted the inaugural SEA Summit business conference on 12 and 13 October. Local and overseas industry experts, including consultants, investors, media editors and professional gamers, shared insights on esports and game marketing opportunities and challenges.

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Not Only Games But Also Pop Culture!

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Close to 1,000 cosplayers brought their favorite gaming characters to life along with appearances by celebrity cosplay guests AstroKerrie, Vera Chimera, Ying Tze and Carry. A NieR Cosplay Contest was held in partnership with SOZO and Sony Music, featuring esteemed judges Tokumaru Oguri-san (President of World Cosplay Summit Co. Ltd), YOKO TARO and Yosuke Saito.

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“We are absolutely delighted with the response to GameStart 2017 and are so grateful for the support of our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and most of all, the throngs of gaming fans who turned up,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia. “We really have an awesome gaming community here in Asia, and this show could not have been possible without the backing of everyone involved,” she continues.

Esports Reaches Fever Pitch at SEA Major

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With the esports scene inching closer to mainstream adoption, competitive gaming reached new heights in GameStart 2017. The convention hosted SEA Major 2017, the region’s largest fighting game tournament, and the inaugural SEA Mobile Major.

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With over 930,000 video plays on 540,000 unique devices on Twitch, international players pitted their skills in Capcom Pro Tour 2017 Asia Regional Finals, Tekken 7 Asia Regionals, Windjammers APAC Championship, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Battle of the Stones and other tournaments.

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Happy face from the attendee who found a smartphone in a random goodie bag!

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Other crowd-pleasers included the return of the annual GameStart FIFA 18 Tournament, the new Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds tournament, and the Grand Finals of the Legion Singapore League, the Shadowverse SEA Open and Vainglory tournaments.

Hope next year’s event will be bigger!

Edited by Devi