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Friday, October 14, 2016

Gamestart 2016:The captured moments

Opening Ceremony of Game start 2016

Last weekend on the 7th to 9th of October 2016 Suntec Convention Centre Hall 405 and 506, saw 20,000 enthusiastic visitors for Game Start 2016. Into its 3rd year, Visitors get to experience the exhilarating game demos from local and overseas developers, outstanding musical performances and cosplay showings, and thrilling eSports battles among many other activities on the showfloor.

Elicia Lee 
The first 300 visitors daily received a ‘Random Loot’ bag containing valuable swag like gaming
peripherals from Armaggeddon and Razer, high-end storage devices from Seagate, gaming
merchandise from Bandai Namco Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Ingram Micro Asia 
and more.

There were activities for everyone, like The Quest, where each visitor received a Quest Card and a
mission to complete various quests around the showfloor before heading to the Armaggeddon booth
to claim their prizes. The daily GameStart lucky draw also gave out epic prizes to lucky GameStart 2016 visitors, with some walking away with loot like a Secretlab Omega gaming chair, MSI notebook, Xbox One consoleSeagate storage devices and a ViewSonic gaming monitor.

“The Quest and daily lucky draws were big crowd pleasers(sic) in our first convention and fans actually requested we bring them back again.  The response was great, and we’ll be making them a permanent fixture of the event from now.”-  GameStart organiser, and Director of Eliphant Pte. Ltd, Elicia Lee

  • Game Previews

XII Braves the Singaporean developer behind the mobile game Valiant force. 
Witching Hour Studio showcasing Masquerada 
Those roaming the show floor were also treated to extensive game previews for soon-to-be-released
titles like the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy XV, Gears of War 4 and Sword Art Online: Hollow 
Realization, alongside new titles like Tales of Berseria and NBA 2K17, among many others.

Local developer talents like XII Braves and Witching Hour Studios had a strong showing with their games Valiant Force and Masquerada respectively, while other independent developers in the Founders Base area were given their moments to shine too.

In line with GameStart’s goal of supporting local and regional indie developers, the inaugural
GameStart Indie Awards saw Another Indie (China) take home the Visitor’s Choice award and Gattai 
Games (Singapore) the Judge’s Choice award. Each company wins a paid trip to exhibit at Taipei Game  Show 2017, which is a partner event.

  • Doujinma @ Gamestart 2016
Doujin Market Booths
Another successful partnership for this year, the Doujin Market area was a popular spot in the venue,
with many visitors checking out and purchasing prints and crafted items from the 25 artists that
exhibited there.

  • E-sports & Competition

Overwatch Competition at Armageddon booth.  

Reflecting the burgeoning eSports scene, competitive gaming was in full force at GameStart this year,
with a diverse range of tournaments from across the genre spectrum. This year’s show saw popular
fighting games like Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd –REVELATOR– and red-hot first-person shooters like Overwatch take centre stage alongside newly released titles like FIFA 17.

 South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2016 at PlayStation booth
GameStart 2016 played host to the region’s largest fighting game tournament – South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2016, which saw players and icons from around the world, fly in to attend. Massive crowds gathered at Presenting Sponsor PlayStation’s booth to catch the nail-biting Street Fighter V action from global icons like Mike Ross, Gootecks, INFILTRATION and Singapore’s very own hero, Xian. To deafening cheers from the crowd, Tokido emerged victorious in the Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour Premier after an intense battle with 2014 Capcom Cup champion Momochi, and walked away with a coveted spot to compete in the Capcom Cup 2016 in California, USA later this year. The winner of the inaugural PS4 SFV Asia Amateur Tournament was Verloren from Korea.

Executive Producer for Street Fighter, Ono Yoshinori, was on site to give out the prizes to the winners.

“Our long term plan is to build and nurture a community of next-generation gamers in the region. The quality of the amateur gamers and participation from gamers from five countries at GameStart 2016 is highly encouraging and an assurance that there is great potential regionally in e-sports and competitive gaming,”  “We are excited to see how the community grows and to bring about more opportunities for amateur gamers in Southeast Asia.” -Mr. Hidetoshi Takigawa, Southeast Asia Regional Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

 “Every match I’ve seen from both the Capcom Pro Tour and the Amateur tournaments in GameStart 2016 has been really strong, and it speaks volume of the overall level of players here in Asia.”
“Everyone’s a killer here.” -Gootecks,  

Vic Cosing  as Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort from Tekken 
 Michael Murray from the Bandai Namco Entertainment Tekken team was also present to announce a
new character, Miguel, for Tekken 7 and give out prize to Meat (Indonesia), the winner of the
Singapore qualifier for the Tekken 7 King of the Iron Fist tournament.

Yivon as Makoto from Blazblue

Other tournament winners included Daru-Ino (Korea) for Guilty Gear Xrd –REVELATOR, who will proceed to compete in the Arc Revolution Cup in Toushinsai, in Japan, at the end of the year, and IPT.Alden (Philippines), who brought home the championship spot for Blazblue: Central Fiction.

Nerf This! Cosplay by Kiyo 

The hottest first-person shooting game at the moment, Overwatch, also saw a horde of spectators
from the showfloor tuning in to see the best teams duke it out. It culminated in a thrilling clash
between Avalon.Tempo and the Singapore Blizzcon representative team, UE..Závazek, before the
former claimed the top spot, bagging $2,000 cash from presenting sponsor MyRepublic GAMER,
Armaggeddon keyboards and official Overwatch merchandise

Xbox’s first attendance of the show not only saw snaking queues for Gears of War 4, but was also
marked with Singapore’s biggest FIFA 17 tournament, GameStart Championship Cup, attracting a big turnout of soccer fans flocking to catch the best FIFA players outplay each other on the virtual pitch.
Muhamad Ashrul Bin Noor Muhammad was crowned champion of the 1v1 tournament and won
$1,000 cash, an Xbox One console and a 27 inch monitor from ViewSonic.

“At GameStart Asia 2016, we witnessed the gaming community in Singapore and across South East Asia come together like never before, thanks to engaging show-wide activities like the GameStartChampionship Cup, and the opportunity to be immersed in the latest and greatest games on Xbox and Windows 10 such as Gears of War 4 Forza Horizon 3, and more.” 
 “At Xbox, we have a vision where the PC and console gaming ecosystems come together, to let you play the games you want, with who you want, on the devices you want.” -Chris Goh, Senior Category Manager, Xbox and Windows Gaming, Microsoft Singapore

  • Game on! Cosplay Competition  

Okageo,Lady Jaded, and Miu
Danniel Adi Putera walking away with Best in Show prize cosplaying a Junkrat from overwatch

Cosplayers turned up in full force dressed as their favourite characters, with Overwatch characters
being a crowd favourite. World-renowned cosplayers Lady Jaded, Okageo and Miu, were also present at GameStart 2016 as judges for the annual Game On! Cosplay Runway. After a spectacular show,
Danniel Adi Putera won the judges over with his phenomenal take on Junkrat from Overwatch,
earning the title of Best in Show and swag from Seagate, Xmashed Gear and Lunar Works.

  • Merchandises

Xmash Gear its known for their Gaming related Apperals
Gaming fans eagerly snapped up the merchandise that was available on the convention floor, including fan art from the Liongeeks booth, t-shirts from Xmashed Gear and other gaming-related items from Toy or Game.

  • Secretlab Chair Grand Prix. 

Secretlab Chair Grand Prix. 

The first ever Secretlab was held at Gamestart 2016, Winners walk away with Various Secretlab Swag items incuding the chair themselves. Stig's Singaporean
Cousin was spotted racing against Deadpool, unfortunately Stig  lost to Deadpool
as Deadpool was very cunning.        

  • Game Melodies

Az Samad performing game melodies on stage while Ratcha Link draws Link from there Zelda series.
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on

Az Shamad performs The Wolven Storm from The Witcher 3  with vocals from Rikka.
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on

Az Samad  along with Rika and Ratcha delighted the crowd with tunes from several popular games like Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda and the Witcher 3 .  You may catch the full performace in an official catchup video by gamestart embedded below.  

  • Japanese Theme Pop-up studio by Lunarworks

Lunarworks studio brought down their  Japanese Outdoor Setup; Reimu cosplay by Alice.

Lunarworks a newly establish theme studio in Singapore brought down thier Outdoor Japanese setup to the delight of Photographers and Cosplayers be sure to check out their Facebook page for other themes available at  their studio.

  • Interview with Miu

[To be updated.]

More captured moments in the Gallery and videos below :

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“We are absolutely delighted with the response to GameStart 2016 and humbled by the support of our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and most of all, the throngs of gaming fans who turned up. We really have an awesome gaming community here in Asia, and this show could not have been possible without the backing of everyone involved.” 
“We are definitely pumped and determined to make future editions of the event even better each time.”-Elicia.

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Gamestart 2016:What to Expect

File photo: Gamestart 2015
In less than a week, Gamestart Asia 2016 will return for the 3rd year running. With the biggest number of exhibitors ever since here is what is to be expected over at Suntec Exhibition halls 405-406 . 

Elicia Lee opening speech with the media at Saint Games Cafe on Wednesday. 
Gamestart 2016 will have the most number of Exhibitors by far.

"Just a little comparison of how we have grown over the years, so in the first year we have 1 hall,we were like hmm.maybe this will work and we had such response, it was awesome.  Last year we went bigger we had 55 exhibitors, 17,000 visitors.  This year same hall,space but we have alot more exhibitors in,alot more interest from even exhibitors outside of Singapore who are interested to come here and be part of the scene here. So this year we have got more tournaments. we have games deom the indies, from the publishers so please do come down and try them all out." - Elicia Lee           
Mr Chris Goh from Xbox..
Gear of War 4 will be one of the game that will be showcased at Gamestart 2016. Do note that this game will be on Windows 10 PC for the 1st time. Other game like Forza Horizon 3 will be at the the Xbox booth as well. There is an undisclosed offer for the Xbox one console. POs for GoW4 and Forza Horizon will have some bonuses thrown in as well.

Mr Adeeb Islam presenting about Kinetiquettes

This year there will be a highly detailed Alyse 3.0 high end collectable at gamestart 2016
Kinetiquettes know for their high end limited  edition collectable figurine will be producing Gamestart Asia mascot Alyse for this year gamestart asia 2016.

Dr. Ng Kian Bee, Deputy Director NYP SIDM on GSC initiatives and plans for local game startups.   

Games Solution Center, an initiative by the Media Development Authority (MDA)[Note: when writing this article,they just became IMDA after merging with IDA] and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), is a one-stop resource centre that provides a rapid prototyping development environment for Singapore-based small-medium games enterprises to develop their games will be having a booth at gamestart.

Mr Chris Ng from XII Braves on thier flagship mobile game Valiant Force

XII Braves will be showcasing their upcoming flagship mobile game Valiant Force. With music backed by Hitoshi Sakimoto and top notch Seiyuus that behind highly popular anime like Shingeki no Kyojin and Love Live School Idol Festival[Note:He did mentioned the names but i am not too sure if I can reveal it anot, i will check with them and update if they allow.]

Gregory Ian  from Witching Hour studio.

Witching Hour Studio who have just launched their kick stater game masquerada  just yesterday
will be having a booth at gamestart 2016 as well.

  • Cosplay Guest and Judges 

  • Game on! Cosplay Runway

  • Lunarworks Studio @ Gamestart 2016 

  • Yuta Hanazawa-san, Executive Producer of Touken Ranbu

  • Trade in your old Consoles & Gadgets for Cash vouchers

  • Loot bag for the 1st 300 visitors each day 

  • 1st ever Secret Lab Chair Grand Prix 

  • Floor Plan

  • Merchandises, Exclusive Offers & Activites at the Commercial Booths & Founders base 

  • Armaggedon

  • No Average Joe

  • Xbox offer by TOG

  • SecretLab

  • Project EXT 

  • Hyperlixir

  • Kinetiquettes

  • Lion Geeks 

  • SEA Major Presented by PS4 

  • Doujin Market - Doujima @ Gamestart Merchandises

  • Daiyaku

  • DCWJ

  • Jrpencil

  • Ice*Berry

  • Sticky's Art

  • Don't Shy

  • Maggi-Cup (Minoru ミノル - JoeLing)

  • Twin Rabbit Design

  • Guild of Bonds 

  • KyuroKuso & Whiteblue 

  • Chizza

  • Chuinny

  • Circus-usagi 

  • Daydreamer

Head on down to the image gallery of the press conference and official video!

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tomomi Itano Fan Meeting & Showcase Live

Ex-AKB48 idol, Tomomi Itano comes to Singapore to perform for fans for the first time. JAPAN MUSIC FESTIVAL - Tomomi Itano Fan Meeting & Showcase Live in Singapore will happen on 8 October 2016 at Millian Singapore.

After the great success of her first Asian tour in 2016 "Tomomi Itano ASIA TOUR 2016【000】", she will hold her first event ever in Singapore. At S$78 for an early-bird ticket, ticket holders can expect to see Tomomi Itano perform new songs from her new album that will be launched in November 2016.

Tomomi Itano graduated from the famous idol group, AKB48 after being one of the most active members for 8 years. Currently promoting as a solo artiste, her debut single, “Dear J” sold 150,000 copies in the first week of its release and placed second in the Oricon weekly singles sales ranking. Since then, Tomomi Itano became the first female solo artist that has a record of 150,000 copies sold in the first week of release, since “Flavor of Life” (Hikaru Utada) in 2007.

Not only achieving success in the music industry, Tomomi Itano has also been very active in the fashion industry as a frequent model for fashion magazines such as “Cawaii!”. She also won many beauty and fashion-related awards such as, “Nail Queen Contest 2013”, “Takarajimasha Japan fashion leader 2011”, “Best Jeaniest 2010” and “Best Wedding Dresser”.

JAPAN MUSIC FESTIVAL - Tomomi Itano Fan Meeting & Showcase Live in Singapore is proudly organised by SOZO under the Japan Music Festival platform.

JAPAN MUSIC FESTIVAL - Tomomi Itano Fan Meeting & Showcase Live in Singapore

  • Date: 8 October 2016, Saturday
  • Time: 7pm doors open / 8pm concert starts
  • Venue: Millian Singapore, #01-05 St James PowerStation, 3 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098544 

Ticket Prices: 

  • Early-bird: S$78(Ends 21 SEP 2016)
  • Normal: S$88

Ticket purchase (online): 
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World’s first: One Punch Man Run Hero for Fun in Singapore 2016

One Punch Man Run: Hero for Fun, is the world’s first fun run themed after the Japanese hit animation sensation, “One Punch Man”. This event is presented by Avex Asia.

This event is part of the lineup of Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016 (AFA SG 16), and it will happen on the 26th of November(Saturday) from 7am in the morning. The run village will be located at F1 Village and the route includes the road along F1 Pit Building and Nicoll Highway. In proximity is the venue of AFA SG 16 at Suntec City Convention Center.

One Punch Man Run: Hero for Fun, is a challenged filled fun run following the story of the main character “Saitama” and hisjourney to become a hero. Participants will get to enjoy an approximately 4km course and overcome obstacles and participate
in after race activities.

Participants purchase entry tickets which entitles them to a race entry pack, which includes a limited edition official One Punch Man Run T-shirt and other goodies that will be released periodically before the event. This race entry pack will be collected prior to the event, and then on the event day, the participants will have to fight through on-route attractions, photo points and
games and activities.

This time, as an official part of AFA SG 16, which had garnered over 85,000 people last year, One Punch Man Run aims to touch the hearts of the anime fans in Singapore and South East Asia and give them a Hero experience they will never forget.

■ Event Title
One Punch Man Run: Hero for Fun - Singapore 2016

■ Details on Singapore Event
Date/Time: 26th November 2016, Saturday, 7am start
Venue: F1 Village
Tickets: SGD$68 (Early Bird SGD$60) (not including transaction fees)

■ Websites
(Ticket Portal):
(Main Site) Faceboook Page:

■ Accreditations
Organized by: avex asia
Co-organized by: Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016
Official Partner: Bandai Visual
Official Operator: Infinitus Productions

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

STGCC 2016:The Captured memories

Last weekend, on the 10th to 11th at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E and F, Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention 2016 came to a close after smashing records and eviscerating expectations. Pop culture fans flooded the event grounds attending the biggest STGCC in history since its inception 9 years ago, with the most number of exhibitors over two days.
  • Fans queued since early morning to snatch up exclusive merchandise
In celebration of SJ50, “SJ50 MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY” was one of the many exclusive at the event.

As of every STGCC,eager toy aficionados camped for limited edition items like “SJ50 MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY”, Hot Toys’ “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Knightmare Batman” and “Iron Man 3 Disco Mark XXVII in snaking queues early in the morning.
Jeremy Low, a Computer Technician who was the 1st in the line said: “Other than the exclusives, I enjoyed myself as there are other things to look forward to like XM Studios, BE@RBRICKS and even apparels from Teeturtle. I am also eager to meet Phil Noto, the magical hand behind the popular comic art of Star Wars.”
Mighty Jaxx booth
It was not only the fans. The exhibitors at STGCC 2016 were also delighted with this year's edition of STGCC, such as Might Jaxx which have been exhibiting at STGCC since 2012.
Jackson Aw, Founder of Mighty Jaxx, commented: “We have been exhibiting at STGCC since 2012, it’s been fun every year! The collectors have been very supportive and we couldn’t have done it without them. We hope to bring more productions to life and bring more artists to Singapore!”
  • Main stage performances enlightened and wowed crowd
KorsK on stage at STGCC 2016 DJ Night
 Sae Tsukiyama and Tracy(Amatres Records) who performed Several Touhou tracks including Skydive!
Masayoshi Minoshima Spinning some tracks on stage
Nomico Performing the hit song "Bad Apple!" during Akiba Pop Stage.

STGCC Jampack stage Schedules has always been a feature where attracts fans both from the Western Pop Culture and the Eastern Pop Culture.For the Eastern Fans, This year DJ night in collaboration with Exit Dance Production  returns with Kors K & Ryu☆. On Day 2 of the entertianment segment Named the Akiba Pop Stage, Idols and Idol units include:Rio Hirragi, Road of Alice ,Guild stars and Rie Yunohara. Last but certainly not the least Touhou Fans were overjoyed with Sae Tsukiyama with Tracy(Amatres Records) and Nomico with Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records) performing thier hit songs from the Touhou series such as Skydive! and Bad Apple. An interview video with Nomico with Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records) can be found below.

 As for the Western Pop culture fans they were delighted by the open panel discussions with guest such as:Jacob Chabot,Brooke Allen and Nick Spencer.

  • Cosplaying fun for the whole family

This year STGCC Championship of Cosplay winner. Erika Jean Garbin Cosplaying as Lich from FFIX.
Kids Cosplay parade

STGCC is also the chance for cosplay enthusiasts to gather and interact with members of their community. On 11 September, adorable kids dressed up as their favourite characters in the Kids Cosplay Parade. This year’s winner for STGCC Championships of Cosplay was also crowned. Decked as Lich from Final Fantasy IX, Erika Jean Garbin, 26, walked away with $1000 in cash prize and will represent STGCC in the Crown Championships of Cosplay finals at C2E2 2017 in Chicago.
9 year-old Ryan Ho had a blast cosplaying as Ghostbusters enjoys the attention and is elated when he gets photo requests said- “It is a good chance to dress up and take photos”. 

  • Cosplay Guest Galore! 
Cosplay Guest Hisui and MoMo cosplaying as Hanamaru Kunikida and Ruby Kurosawa from Love Live Sunshine!
King as Spark from taking a Welfie a fan who is cosplaying as Blancheboth from the popular mobile game Pokemon go   
Haoge as kotori minami taking photo with a fan

Pugoffka as Maleficent during the STGCC Walk of fame.

This Year STGCC invited Haoge, Hisui, King, Momo, Pugoffka,Alma & Yao as cosplay guest. Fans flock to their Walk of Fame sessions and bought their Merchandise for it to be autographed. (Editor note:Seriously Haoge? He really looks good as a she IRL, there isn't really a need for much editing. Friends who saw him in person agreed to that too.)    

  • Gamers battle it out to clinch the “Overwatch STGCC eSports - Mountain Dew Cup”

Players Battling out during the Overwatch STGCC eSports - Mountain Dew Cup
The first ever PC gaming competition held in STGCC, the “Mountain Dew Cup” received overwhelming responses from participants. Sponsored by Mountain Dew, Secretlab, Razer and MyRepublic, 16 teams vied to be crowned as masters of Overwatch as the tournament stretched over two days.

Secretlab co-founder Alaric Choo said, “Secretlab was delighted to support and sponsor STGCC’s new gaming segment as well as providing for their other seating needs. This marks a more holistic approach, giving something for everyone.”
One of the participants, Jaushan observed, “I thought there were only 8 teams but it turned out to be 16, so competition was definitely tough. The prizes were attractive and if there is a second edition next year, our team will definitely take part again to gain experience.”

  • Artist Alley and Commercial Booths
Lion Geeks booth at the Artist Alley

Rachta Lin working on a Commissioned art.
    Guild Stars Members at the little Akiba booth.

      TAM is just being uhhhh..... TAM

      Hot Toys booth

Of course no convention would be without these. STGCC's mix of  Eastern and Western Pop culture can be seen at both the commercial and Artist alley booths each catering to their diversified fandom of the event attendees. 

  •   The future of pop culture in Singapore looks bright
With a record breaking scale and positive feedback, the main aim of STGCC is still to promote the wonderful and imaginative world of pop culture.

Captain America: Steve Rogers author and STGCC featured guest, Nick Spencer said, “The crowd was very energetic and excited to see us, with lots of wonderful displays (in the convention).” On the pop culture scene in Singapore, Nick commented, “It’s really surprising to realise that people outside the States know about my works like Captain America and are hard-core fans of the series. Sometimes in European comic conventions, I find that American comics do not get as much attention, but I am pleasantly surprised by the warm reception here.”
As STGCC 2016 draws to a rousing end, preparations are already ongoing for next year’s edition. 
“We are very heartened by the unwavering support that STGCC has received over the years and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. We look forward to bringing more undiscovered gems and well-received mainstream artists to Singapore. See you next year!” thanked Lin Koh, Assistant Project Director of Reed Exhibitions.

More captured memories at STGCC 2016 can be found in the Gallery,Videos(Some Courtesyof NTU VAS & Operation P・Ani・C  ) and Interview Transcripts(Courtesy of NTU VAS) below: 

Photo Gallery: 

Momo and Hisui Message for their Fans(In mandarin) Video Courtesy of NTU VAS :     

Rie Yunohara Videos Courtesy of Operation P・Ani・C:

Nomico & Masayoshi Minoshima "Bad Apple!" Video Courtesy of Operation P・Ani・C:

Sae Tsukiyama & Tracy(Amatres Records):
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on

Kors K:
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on

A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on

A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on

Nick Spencer Interview Transcript Courtesy of NTU VAS :

Pugoffka Interview Transcript Courtesy of NTU VAS :  

Interview with Nomico with Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records):

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