Eliphant Pte Ltd, organiser of GameStart2014, today announced a killer line-up of games and activities for the inaugural event, bringing gaming enthusiasts in Southeast Asia a premier game convention like no other.
â€œWeâ€™re pumped from our visit to the recent Tokyo Game Show, and thrilled to be bringing the buzz and some of the much-hyped content from the show to gamers in Singapore,â€ said Elicia Lee, Director at Eliphant. â€œWeâ€™re very pleased with the exhibitors and activities that will feature at GameStart â€“ international big boys and home-grown indie developers, demos of the latest games, eSports tournaments and a really awesome retro gaming section that is guaranteed to bring back many fond memories. Thereâ€™s going to be a range of great activities to keep people of all interests wellentertained.â€
The event, to be held onÂ October 25Â & 26 at Suntec City Convention Centre,is designed to appeal to everyone from core and casual gamers to cosplay enthusiasts.Â The first 300 visitors each day will receive a â€˜Random Loot Bagâ€™ which could contain anything from limited editionT-shirts to games, posters and other exclusive items. All ticket holders qualify for a daily lucky draw in which they could win prizes such as consoles, games and gaming accessories such as Razer and theÂ Creative SB Inferno gaming headset by Creative Sound Blaster.
SingTelÂ is the Official Fibre Broadband Partner and will power theÂ connectivity for gaming andÂ live streams of GameStart 2014 toÂ Twitch.Â SingTelÂ has also partnered withÂ AFTERSHOCK PCÂ to offer special deals to visitors.
Main exhibitor Sony Computer Entertainment HK (SCEHK)will occupymore than250 square metres of space showcasingclose to 30 exciting titles for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Not to be missed are hands-on previews forÂ Bloodborne,Â The Order 1886,Â Until DawnÂ andÂ Guilty Gear XrdÂ (all slated for release in 2015).Most of the games on show will be unreleased and recently-released titles.
SCEHK will also specially fly-inÂ Masaaki Yamagiwa, the Producer forÂ Bloodborne, andÂ Junichi Yoshizawa, Producer forÂ Freedom Wars, to meet fans and speak about their games on stage at the event.Event attendees will enjoy exclusive deals at the SCEHK booth, and early birds will receive special items like the Xperia Z3 (first three customers), special Toro PS4 HDD Covers (first 10 customers per day) and PlayStation T-shirts (first 50 customers per day).Visitors can also look forward to big promotions on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita games, while those looking to upgrade their gaming systems can trade in old consoles for a sweet $100 discount off a new PlayStation 4.
2K Asia will be bringing a preview of their highly-anticipated 4v1 gameÂ Evolve, for visitors to play at GameStart 2014.Â Made by the creators ofÂ Left 4 Dead,Â EvolveÂ is a cooperative/competitive shooter where four Hunters face off against a single, player-controlled Monster in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches.
GameStart Founders Base
GameStart aims to provide a platform for the local community to promote its work, and will have a dedicated area called the GameStart Founders Base, featuring local game developers and artists. Exhibitors include Boomzap Entertainment and Witching Hour Studios who will be showcasing their games. Witching Hour is well-known for theirÂ RavenmarkÂ series and their latest title,Â Romans in my Carpetâ€“ both of which have both received great reviews locally and overseas.Â Inzen StudioÂ andÂ Liongeeks StudiosÂ will also be showcasing their work, as well as homegrown artistsÂ Kinetiquettes,Â who will showcase their crafted licensed Capcom figurines,and conduct a live sculpting demo at their booth over the two days.
Individuals considering a career in gaming should catch the â€˜Joining the Games Industry in Singaporeâ€™ panel, which will be led by Ian Gregory, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Witching Hour Studios.
Game Tournaments Galore
Street Fighter fans will want to head to the Razer booth where the finals of the Capcom Pro Tour Asia will see top Asian Street Fighter players from the region competing for the championship and a chance to participate in the global Capcom Pro Tour Finals in the US.
Not to be missed are RZR Xian and MCZ Daigo Umehara, previous EVO Champions who will be displaying their skills; EVO being the #1 fighting video game tournament held in Las Vegas every year. Pro-gamer RZR Xian made history when he became Singaporeâ€™s first ever EVO winner in 2013, and MCZ Daigo is reputably one of the top players in the world. Other top players include AVM Gamerbee and Jonny â€œHumanBombâ€ Cheng.
The tournament finals forÂ Naruto,Â Gundam Extreme VS FB,Â Jojoâ€™s Bizarre AdventureÂ andÂ Soul Caliburwill be held at GameStart, with the qualifiers being held over the two weeks leading up to the event. Organisers Namco Bandai Games will also be showcasing a range of their hottest gamesincludingÂ Tales of Hearts R, God Eater 2 Rage Burst, GodzillaÂ andÂ Project CARS.Sword Art OnlineÂ fans can expect an appearance byÂ Yousuke Futami, one of the producers ofthe Sword Art Online game, who will be makingan exciting announcement at the show regarding the franchise.
Prominent FIFA eSports personalityÂ Mohamed Phirkhan / Xtr3me3.NKSGÂ will be conducting a FIFA Workshop and tournament on PS4 with the goal of encouraging more FIFA players to play competitively and grow the FIFA community in Singapore and SEA. Participation in the tournaments is specifically for new and upcoming FIFA players only, and other top players are welcome to spectate. Tournament winners will receive attractive prizes sponsored by SCEHK.
Blizzard Entertainment will showcase three games at GameStart â€“Â HearthstoneÂ®: Heroes of Warcraftâ„¢,Â DiabloÂ®Â III: Reaper of Soulsâ„¢Â â€“ Ultimate Evil Editionâ„¢Â andÂ World of WarcraftÂ®: Warlords of Draenor. Visitors to the show will receive beta keys forÂ Warlords of DraenorÂ and codes for Hearthstone card packsÂ (while stocks last).
Official apparel partner for GameStart2014,Â Xmashed Gearwhich specialises in mash-up game T-Shirt designs, will be debuting new designs as well as the exclusive GameStart2014 tees featuring official mascot Alyse.
Bring back the memories with Retro DNA
GameStart has partnered withÂ Versus City – Singapore (Indie-Pendent Games)Â – a gaming shopwhich specialises in retro game consoles – to run ‘Retro DNA’. Gamers will no doubt be fascinated by the walk down gaming history, with games and paraphernalia from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and the early millennium.
Many consoles which represented the golden age of gaming will be on display and available for event attendees to try their hand at, including the Nintendo Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Megadrive, Sega Dreamcast,Playstation 1, and even the AtariÂ 2600. The booth will also feature arcade setups running the Neo-Geo MVS system.
Notable titles include Super Contra, Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting, Mega Bomberman, Final Fight, Alien VS Predator, Jackie Chan’s Stuntmaster, and many more.
Those interested in getting a personalised custom figurine of themselves can head to the Cadaq booth to check out their 3D scanning and 3D model printing technology. Cadaq,who will be sponsoring prizes for the Game On! GameStart Cosplay Competition, is an autodesk partner which provides training in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).
A social enterprise that endeavors to provide skill training to those with disabilities, and enable them to find employment, Cadaq works primarily with the Singapore Association for the Deaf and a portion of their proceeds go to the Association. A number of their staff are also deaf, and have excelled in roles as designers.
International Cosplay Celebrities
Renowned international cosplayers Yuegene Fay (Thailand) and Yasemin Arslan (Australia) will be in Singapore to meet fans in a panel on stage and act as judges for the Game On! GameStart Cosplay Competition that will be held onÂ Sunday 26 October. The competition will be open for entry submissions tillÂ 5 October 2014.
Yuegene Fay is best known for her visual kei style of cosplay and ability to portray a diverse range of characters. Yasemin is well-known for her cosplay of Katarina from League of Legends (LOL), and characters from Borderlands and Bioshock Infinite. Yasemin will be cosplaying League Of Legendâ€™sÂ RivenÂ at the event, specially crafted for the event. Winners of the competition will receive cash and prizes worth over $500 each.
Updates on details and schedule of activities will be available on the GameStart websiteÂ www.gamestart.asiaÂ leading up to the event.
How to buy tickets
Tickets are now on sale at $8.50 (1 day pass) and $15 (2 day pass) and available online atÂ http://gamestart.asia/#!tickets.htmlÂ as well asa list of conveniently-located partner stores (please check website for details). All ticket holders will qualify for a daily lucky draw in which they could win consoles, games, gaming accessories and more. Limited edition GameStart tees are also available for sale online untilÂ 11 October 2014.