Southeast Asia’s GameStart 2018 returns to the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre on 10-12 October featuring the ultimate gaming content of both Japanese and Western. There are a series of returning favorites as well as new and exciting content for everyone, including game showcases and previews, tabletop gaming, esports, indie games, retro gaming, and cosplay. Esports fans gear up for exciting competition as SEA Major (SEAM) 2018 plays host to more international tournaments. Mobile esports also takes centerstage as SEA Mobile Major (SEAM) plays host to the very first Shadowverse Contenders Cup for the Southeast Asia & Oceania region. Now in its fourth year, organizers Eliphant have expanded the show with new areas and partners to cater for wider tastes, including tabletop gaming, a themed café, and stronger Japanese content. There’s also a guest appearance by voice actress Elise Zhang, who is best known as the voice of Mei, a character from one of the world’s most popular games, Overwatch.
World Class Tournament Action
SEA Major (SEAM) 2018, one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Asia, returns to GameStart 2018 bigger and better! Expect to see high-level tournament action, as top players from around the world convene to fight for over USD 60,000 in prizes! This year is extra special, as SEA Major will play host pitstops for four major events – the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals, Tekken World Tour Master event, one of only 7 Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour SAGA events, and the only ArcRevo World Tour event announced for Southeast Asia.
The inaugural Shadowverse SEAO Contenders Cup, where the top 4 players in the South East Asia Oceania (SEAO) Region fight for the right to represent the region at the Shadowverse World Grand Prix in Japan, for a top prize of USD 1,000,000, will also be held during GameStart 2018.
Eagle-eyed fans are in for a treat to catch some of the world’s most famous professional esports players in Singapore. They include Japan’s legend Daigo Umehara: 梅原大吾 , who will be competing in Street Fighter V at Sea Major 2018, reigning Street Fighter V SEA Major Champion Tokido, top female Tekken 7 player and Red Bull sponsored Athlete Tanukana, homegrown esports hero Ho Kun Xian and America’s renowned competitive fighting game player and multi-game Champion Justin Wong.
Renowned tournament commentators include BlessRNG, well-known Australian streamer and personality who has his own emoticon on streaming platform Twitch; and “Tasty Steve” Steve Scott, “Markman” Mark Julio and “Sajam” Stephen Lyon from America.
International Gaming Stars and Japan Heavyweights Grace the Convention
In addition to a greater variety of game showcases, GameStart 2018 completes their line-up of gaming heavyweights with the announcement that Motohiro Okubo, Producer of hotly-anticipated game SOULCALIBUR VI, to meet fans and share more about the game, which launches just one week after the event.
Fans of Capcom’s highly popular action role-playing game MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD™ look forward to meeting and hearing from Kaname Fujioka (Executive Director/Art Director) and Yuya Tokuda (Director) from the game’s development team.
Celebrity gamer and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega was also present at GameStart 2018. In addition to being a commentator at Sea Major 2018, Kenny also held a Meet & Greet session with fans.
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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, and has also been host to SEA Major, Southeast Asia’s largest fighting game tournament, since 2016. In addition to showcasing the latest games and exclusives, GameStart is also a keen supporter of local gaming and pop culture communities, from cosplay to indie developers and artists, and aims to be a platform for them to reach new audiences and potential community members. www.gamestart.asia, www.facebook.com/GameStart.Asia.