7 Things in GameStart 2018 That You Shouldn’t Miss

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

Lot games to play, eSports competition, cosplayers, and more!

Southeast Asia’s premier game convention, GameStart will come again in Singapore this year. GameStart 2018 will mark its five consecutive years and will be held again in Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore on 13 and 14 October 2018.

As the main organizer, Eliphant prepared new contents for this year’s event. One of the biggest additions to this year event is an area called AFA Play inside C3AFA that was already held earlier September in Indonesia. AFA Play also marks the first attempt for GameStart to expand its business in Southeast Asia.

For the GameStart 2018 main event, there are some exciting contents that visitor can enjoy in two days. So, if you have the plan to travel to Singapore next weekend, don’t forget to visit GameStart 2018 and enjoy these 7 exciting things!


Lot of games!

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Every year, GameStart always provides lots of new games to be played. This year, some of the biggest game companies will come and exhibit their latest games, such as WB Games who will bring LEGO DC Super-Villains, and Cygames who also will hold a Shadowverse tournament. For the first time, Walt Disney also joins this event.

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Not only digital games, like the previous year, GameStart 2018 also provide a dedicated area to play tabletop and board games.


eSport and chair race

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SEA Major 2018 will be back, and you can compete in some of the fighting game tournaments. Some major tournaments such as Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals, Tekken World Tour Master, Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour SAGA will be held in the two-day event.

Alongside the fighting games, GameStart 2018 will also hold Shadowverse SEAO Contenders Cup that will be participated by four best players from Southeast Asia & Oceania. The winner for the tournament will get a chance to represent Southeast Asia in World Grand Prix, Japan and compete to win US$ 1 million total prize.

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The Secretlab Grand Prix is back. This year, the race will be held for 2 sessions on 13 and 14 Oct, and the competitor with the fastest timing EACH DAY will bring home their own Secretlab Omega Stealth Gaming Chair!


Lot of cosplayers!

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Cosplay, once again, will be a major element in GameStart 2018. Not only just come for fun, but all cosplayers can also compete in Cosplay Runway that will be held on 14 October. If you are interested, you can register yourself through this form.


More indies

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Some of the SEA developers will take part in Founders Base, a dedicated area for indie game developers who want to showcase their latest game. Two of them are the BEKRAF Game Prime Awards 2018’s winners from Indonesia, Critical Forge and Toge Productions.

Critical Forge will bring the Forged of Blood latest demo. Then there is Toge Productions, ready to bring some of its published games such as Ultra Space Battle Brawl from Mojiken Studio, Surabaya which was already released on Nintendo Switch and PC.


Intensive masterclass workshop

MasterClass by Carlo Arellano

Follow Carlo Arellano, Art Director of Super Evil Megacorp (the developers of mobile smash hit Vainglory Game) on a creative journey, as he conducts a MasterClass about the use of symbols and archetypes to create powerful and provocative characters in film and games!Learn more and sign up now!👉 https://bit.ly/2xRbf4G

Posted by GameStart Asia on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

For the first time, GameStart 2018 will conduct an intensive masterclass for two days, 10 and 12 October 2018. Two world class game artists will share their knowledge in this workshop.

First, there is Jacqueline A.X Jocson,  Art Director, Concept Artist & Instructor from Academy of Art University, San Francisco who will teach on 10 October. Then, on 12 October, there is Carlo Arellano, Art Director from Super Evil Megacorp who will teach about character design.

To follow this masterclass, you can register yourself through the official website.


Create your own mini arcade!

GameStart 2018 | Retrocade Workshop

Ever wanted to have your very own Arcade Machine? Sign up for the RetroCade workshop happening on 13 & 14 Oct at #GameStart2018 and learn to build your own from the experts! All material will be provided, and registration admits up to 2 pax per machine.Spaces are limited so sign up now by dropping an email to No Average Joe at info@noaveragejoe.tv!

Posted by GameStart Asia on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

No Average Joe will come to GameStart to conduct a workshop on how to build your own mini retro arcade! Also, they will share a lot about basic game animation for anyone who wants to build their first game.


Guest star

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❄️❄️❄️ 冻住!不许走!❄️❄️❄️We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Elise Zhang as a special guest at GameStart 2018! Fans of Overwatch will not want to miss her debut appearance in Singapore.An accomplished voice actress with roles in numerous animated TV shows, Elise is best known to gamers as the voice behind Mei!

Posted by GameStart Asia on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Last but not least, guest stars! Overwatch fans must be excited for this, because Elise Zhang, the voice behind Mei will come to the GameStart 2018!

Then, there are two masterminds behind Monster Hunter World, Yuya Tokuda (Director) and Kaname Fujioka (Art Director). They will share a lot about behind the scene of this game and hold a meet-and-greet for the fans.

Alongside Tokuda and Fujioka, there is also Motohiro Okubo, the Soulcalibur VI producer who’s gonna share a lot about how he gets involved in this game.

GameStart 2018 Special Guest – Kenny Omega

Pro-wrestling fans, this one's for you. We're absolutely delighted to announce that celebrity gamer and New Japan Pro-Wrestling's IWGP Heavyweight Champion #KennyOmega will be making an appearance at GameStart 2018!Aside from commentating at Sea Major 2018, Kenny will also be having a Meet & Greet session with fans on October 13. VIP ticket holders will have priority to come face-to-face with the man himself!Sign up NOW at: https://bit.ly/2zAod98

Posted by GameStart Asia on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fans of the New Japan Pro Wrestling should be getting excited because Kenny Omega will also come! Kenny is a New Japan Pro Wrestling champion and one of the best Street Fighter tournament’s commentators.

“Esports has been garnering huge interest and publicity in recent years,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia. “Coupled with the popularity of mobile gaming and as celebrities openly play games such as Fortnite, gaming is now more mainstream than ever.”

AFA Play 2018 Panel Recap: Tips on How Game Companies Make Money

During AFA Play 2018, 4 game industry actors stepped up to share their experience in "How Game Companies Make Money" panel.

“In GameStart, we have seen a gradual shift in the demographics of GameStart attendees – from hardcore gamers when we first started to a wider variety of visitors, from esports fans, competitive gamers, to families with young children. Our content has also evolved to be more inclusive of different interest groups, such as our partnership with Doujin Market and the introduction of our Tabletop area, which was very well received last year,” she continued.

If you are interested to come, you can buy the tickets from now through the official website.




About Writer

Febrianto is the Senior Editor of Duniaku.net and the Lead Editor of Gameprime.org. He started his career in game industry as a game journalist since 2008, and was one of the initial members of Duniaku.net since 2011. His biggest interest is local game developer scene. Currently, his mission is to spread the news about Indonesia’s game industry to both local and international game and creative industry’s enthusiast.