Gamescom Asia 2022 successfully concluded its much-awaited comeback show last week at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, garnering high attendance and viewership among trade visitors and fans with over 3,200 industry participants.
Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Singapore, the organizer of Gamescom Asia 2022, said: “The success of this year’s edition has shown the potential of what the games industry, in particular in Asia, has to offer to the world. We are extremely pleased about the turnout, particularly in a difficult transitioning year like 2022. The face-to-face interactions, energy, and relationships forged onsite were irreplaceable. It’s immensely encouraging that some of our partners have already committed for 2023. This shows Gamescom Asia is the place to be for the games industry in one of the fastest growing regions and 2022 was only the beginning of our journey.”
Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry, said: “The strong return of marquee international events, such as Gamescom Asia, speaks to Singapore’s strong recovery. The gaming and esports industry has been one of the bright sparks amidst the economic gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am confident our gaming industry will continue to thrive as our local players develop original, innovative, and world-class gaming content.”
Singapore is set to play host to the next 3 editions of Gamescom Asia, with the event next year already being scheduled for October 19-22, 2023.
Attendees gleaned valuable insights on the latest gaming trends and topics from 70 distinguished speakers across more than 25 conference and expo stage talks from global game developers and publishers, indie games studios, solution providers, and social networking platforms at this year’s in-person Trade Zone.
A line-up of experts representing companies including Blizzard Entertainment, Wizards of the Coast, MOONTON, Sloclap, Ubisoft, ESL Pro League, 9GAG, Women in Games Asia, and others, graced the stage live in Singapore. Topics ranged from the hottest industry trends to the fundamentals of game design and development, as well as games business and marketing strategies.
The Trade Exhibition was abuzz with excitement as trade visitors managed to meet face-to-face with over 80 exhibiting companies and brands. Key highlights include the Singapore, Germany, and Sweden pavilions, which supported 25 game publishers and industry players from the three countries.
The Indie Village showcased the achievements and potential of indie game companies. Visitors were also able to participate in workshops by SideFX, networking sessions as well as a Developer-Publisher-Investor Speed Dating event sponsored by Xsolla.
The online Entertainment Zone kickstarted gamescom asia with PRIMETIME, on the evening of 19 October, available to the public and streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. The one-hour show was packed with first looks, announcements, and updates from game publishers including Against the Storm from Hooded Horse, Cuisineer from Battlebrew Productions, Goi from YGG Games, Rift of the NecroDancer from Brace Yourself Games, Sonic Frontiers and Like a Dragon: Ishin! from SEGA, Villains and Stumble Guys from Scopely, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide from Fatshark, including FIFA23, Call of Duty and God of War on the PlayStation Plus Collection, and many more.
On 23 October, the online show STUDIO rounded up gamescom asia on a high with game showcases, features and intimate chats with developers, and more, hosted by Tashbunny in English, Dejet in Bahasa Indonesia, and Mint in Thai. Audiences from around the world heard from a super showing of 17 Southeast Asian game studios and saw gameplay highlights from Scopely’s PRIMETIME showcase, followed by the
Awesome Indies compilation of award-winning indie games from across the globe.
Gamescom Asia 2023 is scheduled for October 19-22, 2023.