GameStart 2014, the inaugural chapter of Southeast Asia’s premier game show GameStart Asia, saw throngs of enthusiastic gamers heading to Suntec Convention Centre over the past weekend. Over 12,000 visitors from Singapore and countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, America, Japan and Philippines descended upon Hall 403 on 25 and 26 October to be a part of gaming history in what proved to be two days of adrenaline-fueled non-stop action.
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Queues for the event started forming the night before, and crowds thronged the Playstation, BANDAI Namco, 2K and Blizzard booths once the doors opened at noon, eager to score loot bags and bragging rights about being the first in Singapore to try their hands at unreleased games like Bloodborne, EVOLVE, Dead Island 2, Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- and The Order 1886.
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There were game trials and demos for a range of games of all genres, and high- energy sessions with the producers of Sword Art Online (Yosuke Futami), Freedom Wars (Junichi Yoshizawa), and Bloodborne (Maasaki Yamagiwa). Naruto fans were thrilled to have the chance to play against producer Komoto Daisuke, who was dressed in the character’s signature orange and black outfit.
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The event wasn’t just about the big boys in the industry, as promoting the smaller and independent industry players was a priority for Eliphant. Boomzap Entertainment, IMBA Interactive, Inzen Studio, Kinetiquettes, Liongeeks, Nebo, Rock Nano Global, Shawn Beck and Witching Hour Studios all had a presence at GameStart2014.
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The GameStart2014 opening ceremony included the official signing of a three year extension of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s partnership with Singapore’s MDA and Nanyang Polytechnic for the Playstation Incubation Studio. The studio is an initiative by MDA and NYP to establish a complete resource centre that helps small to medium-sized studios based in Singapore to develop their games.

The greatest sporting spectacle in Asia returns to Singapore with another blockbuster Fight Night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium by ONE Fighting Championship.
ONE FC: BATTLE OF LIONS will see the return of top lightweight contender Zorobabel Moreira to take on streaking Japanese star Koji Ando. The inaugural ONE FC Middleweight World Champion will be crowned in the main event when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Leandro Ataides meets top middleweight star from Kazakhstan, Igor Svirid.
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ONE FC: BATTLE OF LIONS is set to take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium on 7 November 2014. Tickets are now on sale at Sports Hub Tix. Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at S$378 followed by Arena S$158, Terrace S$58 and Balcony S$38. Prices exclude ticketing fee.
Catch the live action on FOX Sports 3 (SingTel MioTV Channel 116, Starhub TV Channel 210) or purchase live streaming at http://www.onefc.com/livestream for US$9.99.

Canon held its 12th PhotoMarathon last Saturday at Suntec City International Convention & Exhibition Centre Singapore. This year’s competition saw over 2,500 participants taking part.
The Best of Show winners of the Open and Student categories, Mayu Sato and Tsun Hao Hu respectively, walked away with a suite of prizes including a photo clinic trip to Japan. The winners had the best collection of photos from the three themes – Above, Beauty in Chaos and Speed.
Best of Show Open Category – Mayu Sato
Theme 1 – Above
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Theme 2 – Beauty in Chaos
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Theme 3 – Speed
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Best of Show Student Category – Tsun Hao Hu, Nanyang Technological University
Theme 1 – Above
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Theme 2 – Beauty in Chaos
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Theme 3 – Speed
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