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Call of Duty, Hearthstone, Overwatch, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds… what do these games have in common? Answer: Hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world, millions of dollars of cash prizes, and a billion-dollar industry in the making. Here’s everything you need to know about the supercharged world of eSports.

Helping others during COVID-19 through gaming: Zenway Productions’ #PlayApartTogether

Helping others during COVID-19 through gaming: Zenway Productions’ #PlayApartTogether

We’ve seen multiple ways in which Singaporeans are supporting others during the COVID-19 pandemic, what with the very public campaigns of clapping and singing our national day song ‘Home’. Now we can add another to the list — gaming. Specifically, it is a programme aimed at raising funds for home-based nursing, migrant workers and lower-income families. Called #PlayApartTogether (or #PATSG), viewers can tune in over two weekends, 23 – 24 May and 30 – 31 May, to watch local personalities showcase their gaming skills on various popular games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Beat Saber and Just Dance 2020. View…
The state of Esports: Perception of gaming in Singapore

The state of Esports: Perception of gaming in Singapore

Esports. What feeling does that conjure up in you? The thrill of the rush? Excitement? Or perhaps somewhere at the other end of the spectrum like disdain? Whatever it is, you’re probably either on one side or the other, with fewer people sitting in the middle on the subject. As a multi-million dollar subset of a billion-dollar industry, there isn’t any doubt that esports isn’t huge. The sport itself has attracted a worldwide audience of around 400 million – close to competing with traditional sports – as well as garnering close to a billion dollars in revenue, mostly through brand…
Global Esports Federation Launched — A marriage between electronic and traditional sports

Global Esports Federation Launched — A marriage between electronic and traditional sports

With a viewership that stands over 400 million people globally and continues to increase year over year, it simply cannot be denied any longer; Esports is big. The substantial growth that the sport has seen has also turned the heads of many within sports movement. And now on 16 December 2019, those two bodies are combining together to bring the sport forward with the worldwide launch of the Global Esports Federation. The Global Esports Federation (GEF) will be the first-ever global governing body for the esports ecosystem. This will consist of athletes, sports organisations, commercial partners and other constituents. GEF’s…
YouthX Campus Game Fest shows why values in sports and E-sports are “all the same”

YouthX Campus Game Fest shows why values in sports and E-sports are “all the same”

The dust has settled in what has been a successful outing for National Youth Council (NYC)’s YOUTHX Weekend Festival that occurred during 3 and 4 August 2019. A 60,000 strong crowd turned up to support what was the culmination of a month-long celebration of youth aspirations and talents, attending highlights like the Super 24 Dance Competition, performances for SHINE and also newcomer Campus Game Fest. Campus Game Fest itself isn’t a new event, as the annual gaming event is a significant feature every year in Singapore ever since its first show in 2013.  However, the event organiser Singapore CyberSports &…
Inaugural Esports Festival Asia (EFA) to mark debut at COMEX 2019

Inaugural Esports Festival Asia (EFA) to mark debut at COMEX 2019

The insertion of esports as a medal event at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games has brought the genre to an all-new height of relevance in the region.  In a first for COMEX 2019, a brand new esports-centric event – Esports Festival Asia (EFA) – will make its debut in the IT show to grow the local esports scene. The brand new event was made possible through COMEX organiser Sphere Exhibits, the events arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), who is investing S$1 million in Esports Festival Asia. Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits, highlighted the growing significance of…
E3 2019 Preview: Who will be the biggest hitters this year?

E3 2019 Preview: Who will be the biggest hitters this year?

E3 – the spectacle that gets people’s palms sweaty, breaths held, and dreams come true. it is unequivocally the biggest event happening in the calendar for the gaming industry. This year’s E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is set to be different from that of last year’s. With Sony bowing out of the expo for the first time since its inception, along with the ever-growing chatter on the imminent next-generation of consoles, E3 2019 is going to be a year of transition.   This, of course, doesn’t mean that the hype train is slowing down. We expect major…
Mobile Legends enters the Singapore Esports scene with SEA Clash of Champions

Mobile Legends enters the Singapore Esports scene with SEA Clash of Champions

Mobile Legends has been a hit within the Southeast Asian region ever since it first launched in late 2016. It’s particularly popular with Singapore’s National Servicemen, who play it during their infrequent time-offs as a way of social cohesion.   Now the game is set to make a big splash into the local Esports scene in Singapore as we are nearing the start of the SEA Clash of Champions 2019 event. The SEA Clash of Champions 2019 (SEACOC), the first-ever regional Mobile Legends Esports event in Singapore, will be held from 18 -19 May 2019 at the Suntec Convention Centre.…
Singapore’s First-Ever Esports Training Facility Opens At Singapore Sports Hub

Singapore’s First-Ever Esports Training Facility Opens At Singapore Sports Hub

On 1 March 2019, Singapore Sports Hub launched its first professional esports training facility. Team Flash, Singapore’s premier esports organisation, will be collaborating with Singapore Sports Hub on a cohesive talent development plan for 2019 to develop local emerging talent in esports, in view of Singapore’s participation in this year’s SEA Games in the Philippines and the next Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou, China. The provision of a structured and conducive environment will help in developing local emerging talents to excel in esports. Singapore Sports Hub is positioning to be the hub for this rapid growing ecosystem, with an outlook…
The Hearthstone Singapore Major: RNG and Fun

The Hearthstone Singapore Major: RNG and Fun

There’s nothing quite like watching high skill players still fall prey to the most insidious of card gaming mechanics: top decking. Though we pitied the Krannich who was knocked out of the Round of 16 with a Wild Pyromancer draw into Equality board clear, we took solace in the fact that no one is safe from the clutches of RNGesus. The Hearthstone Singapore Major took place over 8 to 10 April, starting with a Round Of 256 before it was swiftly chopped down to the Round of 16 then the finals itself of the region’s best players. many who flew to…
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