Eliphant Pte Ltd, organiser of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention GameStart – which attracted over 12,000 visitors at its inaugural show in October 2014 – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Taipei Computer Association, organisers of Taipei Game Show. The partnership will help encourage business initiatives, enhance market access and increase trade opportunities across the gaming industries in Singapore and Taiwan.
“Taipei Game Show is a well-regarded, established event and we are delighted to have signed this partnership agreement with them. The aim of this collaboration is to help indie developers from both countries find opportunities to promote their games to a wider audience, and give gamers in both markets access to even more exciting games and game related content,” said Elicia Lee, Director, Eliphant Pte Ltd.
To be held from 28 Jan to 1 Feb at Taipei World Trade Centre, TGS is one of the leading gaming events in Asia, with over 350,000 visitors attending in 2014. The upcoming show aims to increase interaction between local and overseas companies. With the success of ‘B2B – Indie Game Area’ last year, Taipei Game Show 2015 will organise a larger event, ‘Indie Game Festa’, which will feature some of the most creative game developers from around the world.
Under the agreement, GameStart will have a booth at the B2B section of TGS on 28 & 29 January and indie developers or gaming-related companies from Singapore have been invited to attend. Correspondingly, GameStart will offer booth space to TGS at its 2015 event and likewise provide booth space for Taiwanese indie developers or small gaming related companies.
So far, two GameStart participants have confirmed their attendance at Taipei Game Show as part of the arrangement – figurine producers Kinetiquettes and indie studio Liongeeks. Kinetiquettes was founded by a group of enthusiastic individuals, passionate about figurines and collectibles. The team has over 40 years of combined experience in the video games and animation industry. Due to the nature of their work experience, they aim to introduce highly artistic and dynamic collectible statues unlike anything in the market.
Kinetiquettes not only creates its own line of collectibles based off popular licenses but also designs and manufactures statues and figures for clients from all over the world. Liongeeks is a Visual Development Studio located in Singapore. Providing a wide range of visual aesthetic and design services to clients, the studio also seeks to provide a platform for content creators to be able to share their creations, and encourage more collaboration.
Elicia added, “The Singapore gaming industry is a mature market with PC, console and mobile gaming all having significant market share. With a population of just over five million, it is a small market. However, the Southeast Asia market is huge and we had visitors from around the region come to Singapore for last years’ show. We expect 2015 to be much bigger with even more people from the region coming to attend.