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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Gamestart 2017/SEA Summit 2017:What to expect & Sneak Peeks from the Media conference.

Elicia Lee,Founder of Gamestart Asia(Source: GameStart Asia 2017 Press Release)



On Wednesday 4th October 2017,Social Influencers were gathering at Pixel Building, home to Pixel Studios an  by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). At the Cozy Venue, we were given an sneak peek into this year's edition of GameStart happening on the 14th to 15th October 2017 at Suntec Convention Center.
Separately, this year SEA SUMMIT a new B2B conference jointly organized by GameStart will be happening at Pixel Building on the 12th to 13th of October 2017 as well. Do note that Pre-registration is strictly required (P.S: The spaces are limited,at the time of writing the Pre-registration maybe already closed.)for SEA SUMMIT.     
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Japan’s Top Entertainment Industry Players bring the Best Popular Culture Content and Curated Experiences to Singapore at C3 Anime Festival Asia

AFA 09- AFASG 2016 (File photos: Speedknight.com)
  • C3 Anime Festival Asia: Home-grown festival collaborates with Sotsu to extend regional reach, 5 cities announced for 2017/2018
  • 10th instalment of the festival in Singapore, since 2008
  • First batch of I Love Anisong artistes sees Anisong legends return with the latest trending stars of the Anime music world
  • Public sales of Single Day and General Admission tickets to begin on 28 September


 C3 Anime Festival Asia (C3 AFA), formerly known as Anime Festival Asia, returns to Singapore with an upgraded experience of the latest content and announcements, performances and more. Held over 24 – 26 November at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the three-day extravaganza is the highlight of the region’s top Japanese Popular Culture and anime festival.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

STGCC 2017:The captured memories




Singapore Toy Games & Comic Convention 2017 was it's biggest ever. Into it's 10th year,lets take a look at the captured moments at Halls C,D & F of the Sands Expo & Convention over the weekend from the 9th to the 10th of September 2017.


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Thursday, September 07, 2017

STGCC 2017: What to Expect and Media Preview Captures

STGCC over the years (File Photos: Speedknight.com )

STGCC is marking its 10th Anniversary milestone this year! Here is what to expect for the event that is happening this weekend at the Sands Expo & Convention Center!



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

GameStart Returns Bigger and Better with AR, esports, tabletop gaming and inaugural SEA Summit business conference

GameStart 2016 Opening Ceremony (File photo: Speedknight.com)  



GameStart 2017 (#GameStart2017), Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention, returns for its 4th edition on 14 & 15 October 2017 with a Cyberpunk theme and more consumer-friendly and industry-centric content. Organiser Eliphant partners the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) for the second edition of its SEA awards and will organise the inaugural SEA Summit business conference on 12 and 13 October. Gamers and industry players can look forward to annual favourites returning as well as new and exciting content, including showcases of upcoming blockbuster games, esports, indie games, retro gaming, and cosplay.

New additions include a large GameStart Tabletop area to play, discover, and compete on new and well-loved tabletop and arcade-style games. Key exhibitors include Wizards of the Coast, who will bring popular card game Magic: The Gathering, to the event for the first time, and Grey Ogre Games, with more details to be revealed closer to date.  More information on the GameStart Tabletop activities can be found at www.gamestart.asia/tabletop.

This year, the region’s most popular conventions will join forces at GameStart, showcasing a selection of choice content from across Asia. In addition to partnerships with Taipei Game Show (Taiwan) and BEKRAF Game Prime (Indonesia), C3 AFA (C3 Anime Festival Asia) - Southeast Asia’s biggest Japanese popular culture event platform - comes in as a co-marketing and content partner, looking to bring killer Japanese content to the event.  Visitors can also look forward to enjoying indie gaming content from Taiwan and Indonesia. 
  
  • More Popular Culture and AR treats for visitors
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Doujin Market X GameStart 2016 (File photo: speedknight.com)

Returning to GameStart 2017 in response to popular demand is Doujin Market, Singapore's largest community curated youth arts and illustration fair. In partnership with Neo Tokyo Project, Singapore's first dedicated pop-culture marketing collective, Doujin Market is back for a second year with almost double the number of artist tables from last year.

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One of The Judges choice winner last year at last year's Game on! cosplay runway (File photo: Speedknight.com) 

During the convention, visitors can also look forward to meeting and appreciating the craft and stunning game cosplay from Astro Kerrie and Yasemin Arslan, invited cosplay guests from Australia. Astro Kerrie is sponsored by pop culture partner event, Evolve Perth, who will also be co-sponsoring the cash prize of GameStart’s Game On! Cosplay Runway.

On the AR front, organisers announced that NexRealm will bring the world’s first augmented reality techno sports, HADO, to the convention. HADO is the first esports based on wearable devices and AR technology using head mount displays and motion sensors. Just like real-life sports, players are free from cables and will not be restricted to being in front of a screen. Visitors will get the chance to try the “Player VS Player” matches at GameStart 2017.

  • Indies and Start-ups to return to Founders Base
Another popular favourite is Founders Base, GameStart’s special indie area. Offering subsidized booths to individuals, start-ups and small companies that create or work with games, visitors can try a wide array of games made in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

Limited booths are still available on a first come first served basis, and interested applicants can find out more at gamestart.asia/exhibit-with-us.

  • Fighting for Top Gaming Honours
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SEAM 2016 presented Playstation (Filephoto: Speedknight.com)

South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2017, Southeast Asia's largest fighting game tournament, will see top players storm the halls as its biggest ever edition will be held in GameStart 2017. The line-up includes the Asia Regional Finals for Capcom Pro Tour 2017 (Street Fighter V), Asia Regionals for Tekken World Tour 2017 (Tekken 7), and the first Asia Championship for Windjammers (highly popular retro game that has been re-released for PS4). The total prize pool is more than US$50,000 between the three events. In addition to the three big tournaments, Guilty Gear XRD 2, Gundam Versus and BlazBlue Central Fiction will be held. More games will be announced in the coming weeks.


  • Discover and Recognise the best mobile and Indie Games right here


GameStart 2017 will host the second edition of IMGA SEA, with the awards ceremony held on 13 October. The competition is open to mobile game developers, studios and publishers based in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The inaugural IMGA SEA competition last year saw nearly 300 games submitted from eight countries, with 11 developers awarded. 

For indie game lovers, the GameStart Indie Award will be right up their alley. Visitors can vote for their favourite indie game showcased at GameStart 2017, and the winning game developer will win a sponsored trip to exhibit in Taipei Game Show 2018 in January 2018.


  • Top Industry Players Take the Pulse on the Games Business in the region

The SEA SUMMIT is a new B2B conference for the Southeast Asian game industry players, to be held in Singapore. Jointly organized by IMGA and Eliphant, the summit aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration opportunities among companies based in Southeast Asia, and those looking to enter the region. This conference will highlight the games business in Southeast Asia.  Conference themes include esports while attendees can look forward to topics on game trends and development, business and marketing. The full speaker and topic list will be announced closer to date.

Interested attendees can register at www.theseasummit.com for updates. Pre-registration is required to attend the conference. While pre-registration is free, tickets are limited and priority will be given to games industry professionals.

  • Celebrating the Best Talent, Content and More in Gaming

With a star-studded line-up of game titles, tournaments, awards and talent, GameStart 2017 will be held in Singapore at Suntec Convention Centre. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia returns as a key exhibitor, Lenovo will be the Official Gaming PC, while MyRepublic returns as the Official Fibre Broadband Partner. Early bird tickets and official merchandise are available for sale at ticketing.gamestart.asia.



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Elicia Lee at game start 2016 (Filephoto: Speedknight.com)


“The gaming industry in Southeast Asia has grown exponentially since the inaugural GameStart in 2014. Esports is dominating online viewership and media globally, and developers in Singapore and the region are pushing out highly polished and engaging games. Tabletop gaming has a very passionate community, and I’m very happy to welcome them to GameStart this year. As always, GameStart aims to be where all gamers and all-things-gaming can come together and have fun and I’m excited to present this year’s edition,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia.

More updates and information on GameStart 2017 are available on www.gamestart.asia, and www.facebook.com/GameStart.Asia.





  • Sporting a dark urban Cyberpunk theme, GameStart 2017 presents the ultimate in gaming content on expanded event grounds
  • Top esports tournament, South East Asia Major, returns with mega line-up of fighting games, international pro players and a prize pool of over USD 50,000
  • GameStart organisers to host the 2nd IMGA SEA awards and inaugural SEA Summit conference, expanding the convention to four days
  • New Areas: GameStart Tabletop Area & Cyberpunk themed Café 
  • Viral AR game ‘HADO’ will be playable at GameStart 2017
  • Fan favourites: Doujin Market, GameStart Indie Award, Founders Base, Game On! Cosplay Runway
  • Partnerships with Taipei Game Show, BEKRAF Game Prime, Evolve Perth and C3 AFA to welcome more regional gaming content and participants into home-grown convention
  • The Secretlab Chair Race, a hit at the 2016 convention, returns for GameStart 2017

  • Where and When?

    Suntec Convention Halls 401-403


GameStart 2017  – Key Dates

  1. Thursday 12 & Friday 13 October-SEA SUMMIT Business Conference
  2. Friday 13 October-IMGA SEA Ceremony
  3. Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October-GameStart 2017
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Zepp concert halls to expand across Asia, backed by Cool Japan Fund

Zepp Logo, Zepp Hall Network All Rights Reserved


Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) is pleased to announce a network of Zepp concert halls coming to cities across Asia, to be set up by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and group company Zepp Hall Network.

The Zepp concert halls will all feature stage machinery, lighting, and sound systems with specifications standardised for all Zepp venues across the globe, an advantage to tour promoters and touring artists alike. Funding for construction and management will be partially covered by the government's Cool Japan Fund.

Currently, Zepp Hall Network manages six venues across Japan:

New halls will be opening in Fukuoka in 2018 and Yokohama* in 2020.
*To be managed by Koei Tecmo Holdings.

Zepp expansion in Asia will blaze a trail for the Japanese music industry while creating touring opportunities for Japanese and international artists. Our hope is to bring people around the world together and provide the grounds for cultural exchange by building the infrastructure. 


New Zepp international concert halls at a glance



Singapore



■  Overview

Located on Level 3 of the Big Box complex in Jurong East, the Mega Box Event Hall A has been remodeled to open as Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore and will be managed by Zepp @ Big Box Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between Zepp Hall Network and Singapore-based Big Box Investment Pte. Ltd. Easily accessible next to Jurong East Station, the venue is part of  BIG BOX a large complex offering a comprehensive retail experience complete with a hypermarket, restaurants and playground where visitors can shop for groceries, electronics, furniture, apparel, and much more.
■  Details
Venue:
Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore
Location:
BIG BOX Singapore, Level 3, 1 Venture Avenue
Area:
3,500 m2
Capacity:
max. 2,333 (Total of 4,032 when combined with adjacent Event Hall B)
Grand Opening:
            
For a press release on Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore, see (Japanese only):
https://www.sme.co.jp/s/SME/pressrelease/detail/NEWS00494









Malaysia



■  Site Overview
A Zepp hall will open in Kuala Lumpur near the city's most vibrant district downtown, Bukit Bintang City. Urban redevelopment in this area includes plans for a large complex including new offices, residential buildings, hotels, a shopping mall, restaurants, and other retail. Zepp Kuala Lumpur will be set up as part of the Entertainment Hub inside Bukit Bintang City Centre. The venue will be easily accessible by train or monorail from nearby Hang Tuah Station.

■  Details
Venue:
Zepp Kuala Lumpur
Location:
No. 2 Jalan Hang Tuah 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Area:
6,800 m2
Capacity:
2,500 (standing)
Opening:
End of 2020

Taiwan


■  Site Overview
Hsinchuang Futuhsin is a growing Taipei suburb with several upscale condominium towers and new government headquarters. The area is set to draw more visitors on completion of the Taiwan Film Institute and a shopping center with a youthful vibe, where the Zepp hall will occupy four floors. Just a 12-minute ride from Taipei Station on the Taoyuan Airport MRT and a 5-minute walk from Xinzhuang Fuduxin Station.

■ Details
Venue:
Zepp New Taipei
Location:
Futuhsin, Hsinchuang District, New Taipei City
Area:
4,900 m2 (total floor space)
Capacity:
2,200 (standing)
Opening:
April 2020
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Distant Worlds Celebrates 30 Years of FINAL FANTASY and its Music in Singapore

Image Source: Press Release (Photo credits: Avex Asia)

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY and its music
. Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY symphony concert world tour has announced its latest stop in Singapore for a new series of orchestral concerts: FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary – JIRITSUNobuo Uematsu, composer of the famous video game series FINAL FANTASY, will make a guest appearance at the Singapore concert, which is presented by Avex Asia. The one-night only concert will be held at the Star Theatre on 21 October 2017. 






The global multimedia concert phenomenon, featuring the music of FINAL FANTASY, combines exclusive HD video content from legendary game developers SQUARE ENIX, with a live symphony orchestra performance. Conducted by Grammy award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, fans can look forward to a diverse and constantly expanding repertoire of classic FINAL FANTASY music from throughout the thirty year history of the game series. 

Image Source: Press Release (Photo credits: Metropolitan Festival Orchesta)



The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Singapore’s only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra, will be playing the music from all across the FINAL FANTASY series, including FINAL FANTASY XV, with new arrangements especially for the 30th Anniversary series. More details will be shared closer to date. 




Image Source: Press Release (Photo credits: Avex Asia)


Distant Worlds has been a sold-out success in Singapore, seen by almost 10,000 audience members from its debut concerts in 2009 to its latest concert in 2016. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Distant Worlds concert series, and the special concert tour begins this July in Australia and continuing in North America, Europe, and Asia. To date, Singapore is the only stop announced for Southeast Asia.

For more information on Distant Worlds, please check out www.ffdistantworlds.com.

 Tour Title
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY - Singapore 2017


 Details on Singapore Performance
Title: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY Singapore 2017 – JIRITSU
Date: 21 October 2017
Venue: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre
Time: 7:30pm (2hrs 20mins including interval)
*Infants in arms, kids aged 4 and below are not allowed admission, ages 5 and above will require a ticket






 Distant Worlds Official Website
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Studios, startups stimulate success at Doujin Market 2017

Rachta Lin @ Doujin Market 2016


Creators who intend to make art a sustainable career need look no further than Doujin Market 2017

This year, the show will host over a dozen key players and startups who aim to pave the way towards a more robust creative scene through seminars, portfolio reviews and networking opportunities.

In its fifth iteration, Doujin Market will focus on preparing young creatives for the demands of the real world, equipping them with essential skills to survive in a competitive market where talent needs to constantly differentiate itself while capitalizing on the latest trends and disruptive technologies.

“Pop culture startups are uniquely placed to empower the local arts scene,” said Jason Koh, account director of Neo Tokyo Project and convention producer for Doujin Market. “They’ve blazed a trail other fans can follow and we’re certain that their success stories can inspire those hoping to transition from creating content as a hobby to making it a full time career.”

One such startup is Animeludium, an independent transmedia publisher that aims to enliven the digital and print space.

"We believe that developing a culture of exploration - one where creatives can innovate, polish and refine their work before putting it to market - is vital,” said Yee Cheng Xuan, director of Animeludium. “We want to give them a chance - whether they're artists, game designers, musicians or writers, and to help them excel."

Echoing his sentiment is Alwyn Liang, founder of InkInk Collectibles. The gallery is one of Doujin Market’s anchor patrons, and will be presenting an exhibition by four regional artists famous for their unique take on illustration and character design - Puppeteer Lee, Zeen Chin, Kael Ngu and Danial Kamarudin. These guest artists will also conduct seminars and a series of portfolio reviews at the show.

"There's a definite demand for quality, pop culture themed art. We're here to help artists raise the bar on their work, and to help them make it a sustainable career," he said.

With increasing synergies between art and video games, Doujin Market will also see independent studios Gazia Games and Kaiju Den making an appearance alongside GameStart Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention.



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Doujin Market Collaboration with Gamestart 2016.  

“We have seen Doujin Market's growth and success since they started, and appreciate how they are helping to bring the artist community in Southeast Asia together,” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia. “GameStart Asia also focuses on spotlighting the talent in our region, and we are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at Doujin Market this year.”



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Gamestart Mascot Alyse 

The event will be launching a competition where artists are invited to recreate Alyse, GameStart’s mascot, in a brand-new ‘Cyberpunk’-inspired theme. Winning entries will receive prizes including a booth at the Doujin Market GameStart artist alley in October.

Portfolio reviews are back in force this year, with more than five opportunities for creators to impress industry insiders including Afterthought Studios, which pioneered this segment last year. Aspiring writers will also have the chance to have their manuscripts reviewed by BooksActually, an independent local bookstore and publisher known for innovating new ways to encourage a love of literature.


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CDS booth at Doujin market 2016

Participants can also look forward to a networking party presented by Collateral Damage Studios and Artblovk Gallery, offering yet more opportunities for artists and stakeholders to rub shoulders and cement collaboration.

Doujin Market is supported by Noise Movement, a part of Noise Singapore’s efforts which supports organisers whose initiatives encourage arts creation and participation among youth.



Doujin Market 2017









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Monday, April 03, 2017

Japanese Rock Band, RADWIMPS adds Singapore to list of Asia tour stops!






After releasing their newest album, “Ningen Kaika” (Human Bloom), Japanese rock band, RADWIMPS had previously announced their Asian tour for 2017, visiting countries such as as South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan. Singapore marks the latest addition to the tour and the band will be performing at Megabox Event Hall @ Big Box on 4 June 2017.





RADWIMPS previously came to Singapore and performed to a full-house crowd of adoring fans. The band has sold millions of albums since their major debut in 2005 and has a reputation as one of the hardest live acts to score a ticket to among Japanese artistes. Your Name (Kimi no nawa) was RADWIMP’s eighth album and was also the soundtrack for the award winning anime movie of the same name, Your Name” (Kimi no na wa). The album hit number 1 on Japanese music charts, Oricon.

RADWIMPS will first begin their Japan tour, “Human Bloom Tour 2017” with 21 shows slated in 12 cities. This includes a two-day finale at the Nippon Budoukan, one of the largest concert venues in Tokyo, on the 9th and 10th of May. They will then kick-start their Asian tour in Singapore on 4 June 2017
 
3 members of RADWIMPS will come to Singapore; Yojiro Noda (Vocal / Guitar / Piano), Akira Kuwahara (Guitar), Yusuke Takeda (Bass). Drummer, Satoshi Yamaguchi unfortunately has halted activities since 2015 due to focal dystonia.
 
︎< RADWIMPS 2017 Asia Live Tour >

◼ SINGAPORE
Date: 4th June (Sunday)
Venue: Megabox Event Hall @ Big Box
Ticket prices:
CAT 1: $118
CAT 2: $98
http://japanmusicfestival.asia/2017radwimps/




◼ SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Date: 9th June (Friday), 10th June ( Saturday)
Venue: YES24 LIVE HALL
http://www.yes24livehall.com
 



HONG KONG
Date: 13th June  (Tuesday)
Venue: Macpherson Stadium
http://macstadium.hkpa.hk
 
◼ BANGKOK, THAILAND
Date: 15th June  (Thursday)
Venue: Moonstar Studio  ( Studio 1)
www.moonstarstudio.co.th
 

TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Date: 17th June (Saturday), 18th June (Sunday)
Venue: ATT SHOW BOX
www.attshowbox.com.tw

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AFA & C3 Collaboration Expands Anime Festival Asia reach in Asia.




SOZO, organiser of Anime Festival Asia events and Sotsu Co.,Ltd, organiser of C3 events, have joined together to create “C3 AFA”. This new event aims to become the regional Cool Japan Event of Asia by developing a B2C event representing various Japanese contents such as anime, characters, comic, game, music, novel and more.


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C3 Charaexpo 2016 (File photo)

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AFASG 2016 Akiba stage(File photo)


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AFA 2008 (File photo)


The collaboration will bring new contents to consumers who are already familiar to both the
C3 and Anime Festival Asia  brands. SOZO, part of the Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)
Inc group has been organising Anime Festival Asia since 2008, bringing Japanese pop
culture content to South East Asia countries such as Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.


Sotsu Co.,Ltd is Japanese powerhouse managing animated products such as the famed
Mobile Suit Gundam series and producing animated and live-action programs.

Sotsu and SOZO will unveil the first installment of C3 AFA in June 2017 in Bangkok,
continuing with the other cities which they already have experienced track records in,
including Jakarta, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong between 2017 and 2018.


Event Dates & Venues: 



  • C3 AFA JAKARTA 2017
    DATE: Fri 18 – Sun 20 August 2017
    VENUE:
     



  • C3 AFA BANGKOK 2017
    DATE: Sat 10 – Sun 11 June 2017
    VENUE:


  • C3 AFA TOKYO 2017
    DATE: Sat 26 – Sun 27 August 2017
    VENUE:


  • C3 AFA SINGAPORE 2017
    DATE: Fri 24 – Sun 26 November 2017
    VENUE:
  • C3 AFA HONG KONG 2018
    DATE: TBC
    VENUE:









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