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Business News! 04/10/18

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IMGA SEA Reveals 2018 Nominations

The final nominations for the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) third competition in Southeast Asia have been announced. A total of 75 games have been selected to compete in this year’s IMGA SEA, showcasing the creativity and innovation from a wide variety of developers and studios in this region. In addition to the jury-selected winners who will be announced later this month, gamers are invited to vote for their favourite game to be the winner of the People Choice’s Award on sea.imgawards.com.

This year’s nominees come from creators based in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The largest number of submissions this year came from Taiwan, followed by Indonesia. Vietnam and Malaysia were are also strongly represented in this competition.

The judging panel is composed of local and international mobile gaming experts, including Christopher Natsuume (Boomzap Entertainment), Gwen Guo (IMBA Interactive), Joony Koo (Block Crafters Capital), Gabby Dizon (Alto), Ronnie Tan (Gumi Asia), Tony Zander (Vectr Ventures), Hal Bame (MagnaChain), and more.

The 3rd IMGA SEA awards ceremony will be held on October 25th in Manila, Philippines, in association with the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS).

The nominees:

The Children of Doomsday – Code: Reborn, by Celad Game, Taiwan
Alchemica – Crafting RPG, by Crunchy Bit Games, Indonesia
Alleys, by Themer, Taiwan
AR Bounce, by Marcin Majchrzak, Thailand
Aura Kingdom, by -x-legend, Taiwan
BattleSky Brigade: Tap Tap, by BattleBrew Productions, Singapore
BattleSky Brigade: Tribes, by BattleBrew Productions, Singapore
Bear Planet, by Bear Planet Studio, Taiwan
Behind the Screen, by 18Light Game Ltd., Taiwan
Billion Lords,  by Auer Media, Taiwan
Caravan War, by Hiker Games, Vietnam
CHIPS: Heroes Uprising, by Ciayo Games, Indonesia
Choppi Bird, by Joybox, Vietnam
Crazy Cooking Chef, by Enjoysports, Hong Kong
Cytus II, by Rayark, Taiwan
Dancing Ballz: Magic Dance Line Tiles Game, by Amanotes, Vietnam
Daruma Slip, by ZacoZaco, Malaysia
Dawn Break: Origin, by Auer, Taiwan
Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor, by Auer, Taiwan
Dead Warfare: Zombie Survival Game, by VNG Game Studios, Vietnam
Dragon Nest M, by MooliDigital, Taiwan
Dragon Project, by GoGame, Singapore
DT Cafe, by Beuniq Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Esports Saga, by Agate, Indonesia
Final Fantasy: Awakening, by Efun, Hong Kong
Football VS, by Cheerfort, Taiwan
Frontgate Fighters Jump, by Niji Games, Indonesia
Going Down AR, by Werold, Taiwan
Gospel of Satan, by Fla Game Studio, Taiwan
Hamsterdam, by Muse Games, Taiwan
Hello stars, by Astone Games, Hong Kong
Hollywood: Idle Hollywood Parody, by Joyseed Gametribe, Indonesia
Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space?, by Daylight Studios, Singapore
Holy Ship, by Altitude Games, Philippines
Home Designer Dream House Hidden Object, by Origaming Media, Indonesia
Hope, by Boomzap Entertainment, Singapore
Jumping Kim, by Mana Pill Studio, Taiwan
Karaz’s Conquest, by Lek Chan Games, Malaysia
Kluno: Hero Battle, by Gameka, Malaysia
Lava Up, by Spoko Games, Thailand
Lazy Fish, by Gameka, Malaysia
Legend of the Assassin, by Koex Studio, Singapore
Legend Warriors: Epic Heroes Battle, by PvP Game Zonmob Studios, Vietnam
Metal Brave – Arena 76, by Agate, Indonesia
Metal Commando – Squad Metal Shooter, by Studio NZT, Vietnam
Nightstream, by Streamline Games, Malaysia
Omega Force: Battle Arena, by Moregeek Entertainment, Taiwan
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers, by Sigono, Taiwan
Overspin: Night Run, by SpokoGames, Thailand
Pemburu Hantu – Gotta Catch All Ghost, by GameLevelOne, Indonesia
Qinoto, by Studio Flip, Taiwan
R.A.I.D. : Robots and Incredible Dungeons, by Arkavis, Thailand
Rowan McPaddles – The Bad Bad River Rush, by Monstronauts, Philippines
Royal Garden Tales – Match 3 Castle Decoration, by Touchten Games, Indonesia
Sdorica -sunset-, by Role Playing, Taiwan
Seal: New World, by Siamgame, Thailand
Shadow of Death: Dark Knight Stickman Fighting, by Zonmob Studios, Vietnam
Simulacra – Found phone horror mystery, by Kaigan Games,Malaysia
Sky Champ: by Monster Shooter (Retro Arcade Shooter), Spirit Bomb, Vietnam
Smashy Duo, by Big Frost Games, Malaysia
Spell Master: Word Adventures, by Gameka, Malaysia
Spiddy Buddy, by Joybox, Vietnam
Star Diffusion, by 神嵐遊戲, Taiwan
Sweet Escape, by Agate, Indonesia
Tales Of Abbie, by Marcin Majchrzak, Thailand
Tank Army – Fast Fingers Shmup, by Triple Tomato, Thailand
The Letter – Horror Visual Novel, by Yangyang Mobile, Philippines
Unstoppable Rex: AR Saga, by Sandbox Global, Thailand
Valz, by Klappanome, Indonesia
Word Cross, by WePlay Word Games, Hong Kong
唐三醬遊記 Tom-Three-Jom Travels, by 南臺科技大學 多媒體與電腦娛樂科學系, Taiwan
圖塔圖塔, by BearHouse, Taiwan
大相撲:  橫綱之路, by  英屬維京群島商薩埵互動科技有限公司台灣分公司, Taiwan
畏光都市, by Echo, Taiwan
落櫻幻夢譚 (Sakura Reverie), by Celad. Inc, Taiwan

Animoca Brands appoints Xbox co-founder Ed Fries

Animoca Brands Corporation Limited has announced that Xbox Co-founder and ex-Microsoft executive Ed Fries has been appointed as a strategic advisor to the Animoca Brands’ Board of Directors.

Mr Fries was an advisor to Pixowl and The Sandbox prior to the acquisition by the Company and will continue to perform this role following the completion of the deal, in addition to advising the board of directors.

Mr Fries is an experienced game programmer, publisher and entrepreneur. He commenced his career as a Vice President with Microsoft in 1986 and spent ten years as one of the early developers of Office products, Excel and Word. Upon leaving the Office team, Mr Fries created Microsoft Game Studios, a segment of the company in which he could pursue his passion for interactive entertainment.

Over an eight-year period, Mr Fries grew the Microsoft Games Studio team from 50 to over 1200 employees, published more than 100 games, including multiple million plus sellers and co-founded the Xbox project, which transformed Microsoft into one of the leaders in the video game business.

Upon retiring from his role with Microsoft, Mr Fries has continued his work in the game industry as a board member, consultant to a broad range of publishers, independent game developers and media companies.

Yat Siu, co-founder and director of Animoca Brands, said: ”Attracting someone of Ed’s calibre to our strategic advisory team is another significant achievement for the Company. Ed has considerable experience in the games space, including the development of one of the most sophisticated and leading products in the Xbox project. We look forward to leveraging this experience across our broader games portfolio.”

About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands leverages gamification, blockchain, and artificial intelligence technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products including games such as The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes as well as products based on popular intellectual properties such as Garfield, Thomas & Friends™, Ever After High and Doraemon. Animoca Brands is the exclusive China distributor of CryptoKitties. The Company is based in Hong Kong, Canada, and Finland. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com.

Turtle Beach enters the PC Gaming Market

Turtle Beach’s new Atlas line is built for PC gamers, featuring three models, including the Pro-Level Elite Atlas, the Powerful Amplified Atlas Three, and the Versatile Atlas One. When designing the new Atlas line, Turtle Beach worked closely with top esports teams to fully understand the needs of elite esports athletes, and to ensure the Atlas headsets deliver on PC gamers’ expectations.

More information from Turtle Beach on the three models:

Full Elite Atlas Pro Performance Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas sets a new benchmark for esports audio on PC. For pro-players and hardcore PC gamers alike, the Elite Atlas is built to win with a durable yet sleek metal headband with a suspended pad, ProSpecs glasses friendly design, and upgraded magnetic memory foam ear cushions featuring athletic fabric and synthetic leather working together to block out external noise. Audio performance centers around the Elite Atlas’ pro-tuned 50mm Nanoclear speakers that deliver immersive Windows Sonic for Headphones1 surround sound, and the removable high-sensitivity mic with TruSpeak technology for flawless communication with teammates. Finally, the Elite Atlas goes wherever gaming takes you with included 3.5mm and PC-splitter cables that connect to any PC setup.

Full Atlas Three Amplified Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Atlas Three PC gaming headset delivers powerful amplified Windows Sonic for Headphones1 surround sound to immerse you in your games, movies, and music. The Atlas Three features large 50mm speakers for game audio and Turtle Beach’s high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic for crystal-clear chat. For added durability and comfort, the Atlas Three dawns a metal-reinforced frame with Turtle Beach’s unique ProSpecs glasses friendly design, along with a breathable fabric-wrapped headband and memory foam ear cushions. Additionally, the Atlas Three offers Variable Mic Monitoring so you can hear and adjust the volume of your voice inside the headset to avoid shouting at other players, plus audio presets including Vocal Boost and a rechargeable battery that delivers over 40-hours of gaming per use.

Full Atlas One Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Atlas One gaming headset is built for battle, delivering immersive Windows Sonic for Headphones1 surround sound and crystal-clear chat through its high-quality 40mm speakers and high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic. The Atlas One also features a lightweight design with a metal-reinforced headband and ProSpecs glasses friendly synthetic leather-wrapped memory foam ear cushions to provide added durability and unmatched comfort for those all-nighters.


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