Gamestart – Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention.
Gamestart features high-profile tournaments and exciting content and experiences that took place on 14 and 15 October 2017 , at Singapore Suntec Convention Center.
There’s also a SEA SUMMIT, jointly organized by IMGA and Eliphant, with industry veterans share their insights on game trends and development, business and marketing. The B2B conference saw 35 speakers, including acclaimed game director YOKO TARO and producer Yosuke Saito, who produced one of 2017’s top games, NieR: Automata. This will be the first time the two will be making an appearance at a Singapore event. There was also a NieR: Automata cosplay competition that took place.
Returning to GameStart for a second year is the Doujin Market, a fan favourite. The Doujin Market is a space for creators to showcase their work at GameStart. For the first time, GameStart also catered an area to two things close to a game developer’s heart – food and alcohol. Introducing The Drinkery, a themed lounge for attendees to refresh and recharge, featuring food stalls and a bar. The Drinkery is presented by Samsung, and offers visitors the convenience of ordering their food and beverages via Samsung Pay – its mobile payment service. Visitors also got to try out the latest Samsung technology at the experience zone, including the Samsung Gear VR.
There’s also a South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2017, Southeast Asia’s largest and internationally renowned fighting game tournament, held in GameStart 2017, with top overseas and local players vying for over USD 60,000 in prize money. Big tournaments include the Asia Regional Finals for Capcom Pro Tour 2017 (Street Fighter V), Asia Regionals for Tekken World Tour 2017 (Tekken 7) and one of only six Marvel vs Capcom Infinite ”Battle of the Stones” special tournaments in the world, and the first Asia Championship for Windjammers (highly popular retro game that has been re-released for PS4). In addition, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear XRD 2, Gundam Versus and BlazBlue Central Fiction tournaments will be held. 2016’s edition saw challengers from 15 countries descend in Singapore for the event, and over 1 million views on the live streams.
Other tournaments announced include the annual GameStart FIFA 18 Tournament, which returns on October 14-15. Organised by BEast of the East and [OoE]Xtr3me3, the tournament is presented by PlayStation. The champion stands to win $1,000, a brand new PS4 console and HyperX headphones.
The inaugural SEA Mobile Major 2017, a new tournament series that brings esports for mobile games to players in the region, will be held in GameStart 2017. SEA Mobile Major 2017 will host the 1st official Shadowverse tournament in Southeast Asia – the Shadowverse SEA Open. Participants compete for a piece of the USD 5,000 prize pool, and the winner will get a free trip to watch the RAGE Shadowverse World Grand Prix in Japan in December.
About GameStart Asia
GameStart Asia is Singapore’s largest gaming event and has gained reputation as a premier gaming convention in Southeast Asia since its debut in 2014. Organised by Eliphant Pte Ltd, the convention seeks to bring everything gaming-related to audiences in Asia. In addition to triple A games and exclusives, GameStart also supports the local gaming and pop culture communities, from cosplay to indie developers and artists. In 2017, the event has expanded into the B2B arena, organising the inaugural SEA Summit business conference, in partnership with the International Mobile Gaming Awards.