Thursday, September 29, 2016

GameStart 2016: What to Expect

GameStart 2016 is just over a week away! To be held from 7 - 9 October 2016 at the Suntec Convention Centre Hall 405 and 406, this year's event will feature three days of gaming madness, with new activities like an event quest and daily lucky draw, non-stop esports action, cosplay, game art and more! 

Here are some highlights:

X Marks the Spot

Xbox will be making its first appearance at GameStart 2016. They will be showcasing upcoming titles such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Final Fantasy XV. Attendees will get to try out the new cross-platform play feature between the Xbox and PC. There will be a total of sixteen play points, eight for the Xbox and eight for PC. You can also expect exclusive offers on various Xbox and Microsoft products at the show. Stay tuned for announcements nearer the event.  

Various titles to be showcased on Xbox

ESports Action

Esports fans have much to look forward to this year. Making its debut at GameStart 2016 is the Southeast Asia Major (SEAM) 2016. SEAM is one of Asia's largest fighting game tournaments where international top players like Daigo "The Beast" Umehara will come and compete. Presented by Sony Interactive Entertainment, visitors can expect fierce competitive action from various popular fighting games like Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear: XRD Revelator, and even brand new titles such as King of Fighters XIV and BlazBlue: Central Fiction. 

Tournaments on the showfloor include:
  • Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour Premier
  • PS4 Street Fighter V Asia Amateur Tournament
  • GuilTy Gear Xrd - REVELATOR-
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction Tournament
  • Tekken 7 Tournament
  • King of Fighter XIV World Championship SEA Qualifier
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Tournament

In addition to SEAM 2016, GameStart's annual FIFA tournament, the GameStart Championship Cup will be returning with support from Xbox Singapore, and prizes sponsored by GameStart, Xbox and Monitor Sponsor ViewSonic. There will also be the Overwatch Champions Singapore Tournament which will see some of the best teams in Singapore battle it out for prizes from Blizzard Entertainment and Armaggeddon. 

Side Quests

For an added element of fun, all visitors to GameStart 2016 will receive a Quest card upon entering the hall. You will need to visit specific booths to complete activities or quests to get a lucky dip and increase your chances at winning the GameStart daily lucky draw, whose prizes include Secretlab gaming chairs, ViewSonic 27" monitors and MSI notebooks. 

A game of the office kind. Secretlab will be holding the first ever Grand Prix Chair Race and the competitor with the fastest timing will bring home their very own Secretlab gaming chair! This will be held on 8 and 9 October 2016 at 11am. Sign-ups will be on site. 

Image from the GameStart site

There will be lots of various merchandise to check out from TOG (Toy or Game), SecretLab, Armaggeddon, Liongeeks and Xmashed Gear, who will be unveiling new gaming tee designs at the event. Fans of game art can check out the Ubisoft Singapore Art Exhibition and Doujin Market, which will feature 26 artists from Singapore and Southeast Asia.  

Mikoyan FOXBAT-III Gaming Mouse from Armaggeddon

Art Prints from Liongeeks

Tees from Xmashed Gear

Here is something really cool! The custom made mini-arcade machines by NAJ Arcade. Check out the lovely wood pattern on the casing. Gorgeous. The mini-arcade contains several retro games such as Pac-Man, Mario, and Donkey Kong just to name a few. I got to try it out at a preview and I enjoyed playing the games. It really takes you back. The screen I feel is of a sufficient size and there is enough space on the console to use the controls comfortably. And if you like more games you can even add them in yourself. Lots of people have a PS4 or an Xbox but how many can say they have a mini retro arcade system.

A limited number of the mini-arcade machines will be available for sale at GameStart 2016. If you like you can support them at Indiegogo. More details in the link as well.

The folks at Kinetiquettes will have on display their fully painted statue of Alyse 3.0. Alyse is GameStart's mascot and shown below is a prototype of her. Her costume has changed again. She now spots a more combat ready look with light protective gear and padding. Her guns have got an upgrade too. Check it out as well as the Devil May Cry Dante and Vergil statues, and the M.Bision Psycho Power Edition levitating statue at their booth. 

The main stage will host a varied array of content, including a Dungeons & Dragons session run by notable Singaporean indie developers, a panel on the gaming ecosystem in Singapore, music performances, live drawing demos and the Game On! GameStart Cosplay Runway 2016.

Do head down early as the first 300 visitors each day will receive a goodie bag with random loot inside which could include gaming tees and merchandise, or products from sponsors Seagate, Razer, Armaggeddon, MSI, Ingram Micro Asia and more!

Event Details

Date: 7 – 9 Oct 2016
Where: Suntec Convention Centre, Hall 405 and 406, Singapore
Ticket Prices
  • One day Standard - S$12 
  • Three day standard - S$30
  • VIP Passes - S$70 (includes three days entry passes, Priority Queue Passes and more) SOLD OUT!
  • Free Entry for Cosplayers
Hashtags: #GameStart2016

For more information visit the GameStart site.

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