The biggest gaming event in the Philippines, Esports and Gaming Summit (ESGS), is happening next week to bring the Best PC, Console, and Mobile Games to the Country on October 27 to 29, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia.
Now on its fourth year, expect more game demos, freebies and esports matches from a diverse set of publishers and developers in the video game industry.
Here are a few things to expect when ESGS 2017 opens its doors to gamers from the casual to the most hardcore:
More Presence from the Big Brands in the Gaming Industry
Some big brands who have graced the previous ESGS events will be making a return to the event. At the PlayStation booth, expect to see upcoming titles for everyone to try out, plus some surprises that will be revealed at the event.
Ubisoft will showcase Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Just Dance 2018 as well as hosting a series of activities about game development.
Fans will be able to try out Capcom’s Monster Hunter World.
Hi-Rez Studios will also make its debut on the ESGS main stage as they will be hosting demos and tournaments for Smite and Paladins.
Local developers such as Secret 6 will be showcasing their latest build for their upcoming FPS game Project Xandata.
Ranida Games will have playable demos for their fighting game Bayani: Kanino Ka Kakampi?
Indigo Entertainment’s booth will feature their anticipated mecha fighting game Garrison Archangel along with their other games,
and Synergy 88 will be bringing some surprises for their upcoming projects.
Mobile game developers and tournament organizers will be making a bigger splash in this year’s ESGS aswell.
Expect game demos, the latest news, and other activities from these publishers. The Mobile Esports Arena will be hosting a series of mobile game tournaments to satisfy your thirst for competitive matches.
Gaming and hobby shop Ludus will be bringing Final Fantasy: The Card Game to the stage, the first non-electronic game to take center stage at the event. They will also hold live demos of said game in their booth, where fans can also purchase Final Fantasy: The Card Game and other games.
Of course, gaming won’t happen without hardware, and these brands will also make a huge wave at ESGS with their newest products and activities. Expect more surprises from MSI, HyperX, Thermaltake, Predator, AOC, Philips, ASRock, Zotac and PowerColor.
More Spotlight for the Indies
The independent scene will be given a spotlight as the Indie Arena will highlight some of the current game titles developed by international game devs, while the local indie game developers will have their own area with GDAP’s GameFest station.
Brace yourselves for more Brawlfest Action
The biggest fighting game communities will unite once again to bring another intense Brawlfest mini-event to satisfy fans looking for intense console competition. The communities from Playbook, PinoyPS, Cosmic Gorgons, and Secret Base have joined forces to host a series of tournaments featuring fan-favorite fighting game titles. Their main highlight will be for Tekken 7 where the winner will be heading to EVO Japan 2018 to compete with the rest of the top players around the globe.
Leveling Up on Game Development
Aside from hosting local indie game developers, the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) will be having their GameFest to promote the academic side of game development. They will also be bringing several academic schools and game development partners in their area to share their specialties to the public. They will also be inviting some of the top developers from different studios for a series of game development talks where everyone can learn more on concept art, animation, programming and more.
Gear Up for the Cosplay Competition: Gaming Category
Where there’s gaming, there’s bound to be cosplay. ESGS 2017 will be bringing back its gaming-themed cosplay competition with bigger prizes are on the line. Participants will be evaluated by a panel of judges who are also long-time cosplayers themselves: tech influencer Kang Dupet, freelance events organizer Loki Heart, and World Cosplay Summit Philippines President Tessa. The cosplay competition will be handled by Anime Alliance Philippines and powered by Animax.