Good news for the gaming industry in Singapore, GameStart organiser Eliphant has just announced that the hugely successful gaming convention has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Taipei Computer Association – the powers that be who run the Taipei Game Show – with the aim of levelling up the gaming industries in both Singapore and Taiwan.
GameStart are touting better business initiatives, market access and trade opportunities across both markets – but the proof would be in the pudding. For starters the GameStart gang are making their way down to the upcoming Taipei Game Show on Jan 28 to Feb 1, where GameStart will have a booth at the B2B section of the show. The Taipei Game Show’s “B2B – Indie Game Area” is said to have been successful last year, and GameStart will be taking part in an even bigger “Indie Game Festa” this year.
“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 Eliphant director Elicia Lee.
Indie developers and gaming-related companies from Singapore have been invited to be part of the Indie Game Festa, and two GameStart participants have confirmed their attendance, sculptors Kinetiquettes and visual development studio Liongeeks.
In return, the Taipei Game Show will be given booth space at the 2015 GameStart event, on top of providing space for Taiwanese indie developers or gaming-related companies.
Given the success of GameStart last year and the ever-growing size of the Taipei Game Show this can only be a step forward for both industries, and it gets easier to get your work featured to an international audience. And that’s not all – GameStart is promising that the upcoming 2015 edition is bigger and better, despite Singapore being a small market.
“The Southeast Asia market is huge and we had visitors from around the region come to Singapore for last years’ show,” said Ms Lee. “We expect 2015 to be much bigger with even more people from the region coming to attend.”
Well, colour me excited!