Big news from the Southeast Asian game industry dropped this morning. Gamescom, the world’s largest event for computer and video games, announced that it will be making its Asian debut in Singapore on October 15 to 18, 2020. Dubbed Gamescom Asia, the new event is an expansion into one of the fastest growing gaming markets in the world.
Gamescom Asia aims to serve as the premier platform for Asian game developers to explore partnerships globally and act as a hub for international publishers who are looking for the next big thing in games. New releases and gaming related offerings will also be showcased. With the business area, the entertainment area and the industry gaming conference, Gamescom Asia covers the entire diversity of the games culture.
The event comprises a two-day industry gaming conference and a three-day trade and public exhibition, which includes eSports events, a showcase of emerging technologies in video games, gaming workshops, meet-and-greet sessions, cosplay theatrics and more.
Highlighting Asia’s and Southeast Asia’s unique gaming preferences, the event allows stakeholders to harness the region’s flourishing and lucrative gaming market. The untapped potential is indisputable, with a recent study by Newzoo suggesting that this region is poised to generate $4.6 billion in 2019, up 22 percent year-on. This booming market, evident through a vibrant gaming community and expanding ecosystem, are some of the obvious grounds attracting Gamescom Asia to Singapore.
“This is a launch event that we are all looking forward to. The region has been hungry for a Tier One gaming event and we now have all the ingredients to successfully cater to this need,” said Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Singapore according to the official release. “With strong partnerships with GameStart, the Singapore government, and the gaming ecosystem, we are expecting to attract over 30,000 enthusiasts and gaming industry professionals to the inaugural Gamescom Asia,” he continued.
“Having Gamescom Asia in Singapore is a testament to our reputation in establishing thought leadership across various fields, including the gaming industry,” said Mr. Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board. “Apart from adding vibrancy to our events calendar, we aim for Gamescom Asia to position Singapore as the natural base for regional gaming content and further our ambition potential to be an eSports hub in the region,” he continued.
“The inaugural Gamescom Asia comes at an exciting time as we are witnessing strong growth in the Asian games market,” said Howie Lau, Chief Industry Development Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority. “This event will offer game companies access to new business opportunities and connect with international publishers, developers, and professionals with the thriving games market in the region. Industry players can also exchange knowledge, share expertise and showcase their latest games at this premier platform,” he ended.
“We are happy to announce the partnership between GameStart and Gamescom,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart and gaming marketing firm Eliphant. “GameStart will now be handing over the reign to Gamescom Asia, and look forward to working closely with Koelnmesse Singapore to build on the current gaming community that GameStart has established over the years. We are extremely excited for what is to come and will be gearing up in full force as consultants for the event, bringing to the community and industry a bigger and more vibrant convention,” she ended.
“Gamescom is a brand with a worldwide reputation that stands for both games as the largest entertainment medium of our time and for outstanding business opportunities,” said Felix Falk, Managing Director of game. “With Gamescom Asia, we are creating a new event in 2020 for the local games industry and gamers in one of the fastest growing regions of the world. We are happy and excited about the first Asian edition in Singapore next year and thankful for our partners,” he added.
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With this collaboration, it means that GameStart 2019 will be the last iteration of this Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention. Last year, GameStart 2018 set a new record with 27,000 visitors in two days of the event. This year, GameStart 2019 will be held at Suntec, Singapore in 12 and 13 October.
Southeast Asia's Premier Gaming Convention is back! Eliphant is excited to announce that GameStart 2019 will return this October in Singapore.
Gamescom is an annual event held in Cologne, Germany since 2009 organized by Koelnmesse and game – the German Games Industry Association. Over a period of 10 years, it has grown to be the largest international games festival and Europe’s leading business platform for the games industry. Gamescom Asia will harness and benefit from the global gaming network that Gamescom has now established.
You can get more information and updates about Gamescom Asia through its official website.
Edited by Devi. Top image source: Polygon