SOZO, the organizer of Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese pop culture event Anime Festival Asia (AFA), and Eliphant, the organizer of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention GameStart, have announced that both entities will form a strategic alliance to further strengthen existing events and to create and develop new events in Asia!
The SOZO and Eliphant alliance aims to be the first step to roll out an integrated support system to further strengthen the community. By leveraging their strengths as IP innovators and event trailblazers, SOZO and Eliphant hope to provide new and inspiring ways for fans to enjoy their hobbies in gaming, animation and beyond.
With the support of SOZO, who has already established its presence in Indonesia, 2018 will mark the very first regional expansion of GameStart as they launch their very first GameStart Indonesia. AFA will continue hosting its key events in both Indonesia and Singapore and hope to introduce more gaming content as part of their content offerings.
“Southeast Asia emerges as one of the fastest growing markets for gaming and content,” said Shawn Chin, Managing Director of SOZO and founder of Anime Festival Asia according to the press release. “We recognized that both AFA and GameStart audiences have diverse interests in both gaming and anime. With our partnership, we hope to work closely to bring even more exhilarating content and holistic experiences to both fanbases across the regions,” he continues.
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring our event to various regions, with the support of our partners,” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart and CEO of Eliphant Pte Ltd. “We are determined to support the regional gaming industry, especially in eSports and game development. We are positive that our partnership will provide more events and enable us to bring awesome content to both gamers and anime fans, ” she continues.
Since March 1, 2018, both SOZO and Eliphant have moved to a new office premise together to further strengthen their alliance. The organizers expect an exciting year ahead and look forward to announcing more calendar of events in the upcoming weeks.
The Southeast Asia premier gaming convention, GameStart 2018 will return in October 2018! Eliphant as the organizer announced that they will also expand to Indonesia.
Previously, Eliphant only announced that they still hold GameStart Asia 2018 at Singapore in October. But still, until this article published, no date and venue confirmed for both events (AFA and GameStart) in Indonesia.
Good luck with the collaboration for SOZO and Eliphant!