Gamers, cosplayers and anime fans mingle at Asia Game Festival

Abdul Rahman Azhari

Fans of e-sports, music and anime came together at the inaugural Asia Game Festival, which took place over the weekend (9 and 10 June) at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Celebrity cosplayers such as Aza Miyuko and Onnies graced the festival, taking part in a meet-and-greet session with visitors. The two-day festival also featured anime music concerts from the likes of BACK-ON and bless4, and had several stalls selling anime merchandise and toys.

Other highlights of the festival were community gaming and e-sports tournaments, which included the finals of the Hyperplay Singapore National Qualifier and the inaugural Cyberathlete Professional League-PlayerUnknown Battleground Championship, in which two teams from Singapore competed in the tournament.

Chairman of the Singapore Cybergames and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) Nicholas Khoo said that he has been “quite overwhelmed by the support and the reception” of the PUBG tournament.

“I think it’s great that they (PUBG gamers) have this opportunity at Asia Game Fest to pit their skills against the top teams in the region,” he said, adding that the Singapore PUBG community is “very passionate”.

Jerrald Yeo, who had been to several e-sports tournaments prior to the festival, thinks that tournaments like this could be the “start of something big”.

“Events like this can be used to either hold big tournaments, or perhaps, qualifying tournaments for a larger world stage,” the 27-year-old said.

“The e-sports scene is still in its infant stage, and I believe it can grow more,” he said, adding that he is “glad that Singaporeans are trying to shine in the scene”.

See more from the Asia Game Festival here.

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