Singapore Bootcamp

The Singapore Games Market Bootcamp

Singapore is the host country and home of gamescom asia.

The country may be a little red dot but continues to attract an influx of foreign investments and major AAA lead studios like Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, Riot Games and Tencent to its shores.

What are Singapore’s most appealing attributes? What makes it an attractive regional base for gaming companies across the world? How can you tap into Singapore’s vibrant ecosystem to capture growing regional userbase and opportunities?

Get your answers at the ‘Singapore Games Market Bootcamp’, and gain new insights into the industry’s business ecosystem, gamedev and esports scenes, as well as what makes Singapore a hub for the region.

This bootcamp will be held as a hybrid event and is part of the Singapore Media Festival. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to RSVP to the in-person segment.

All registered guests attending the physical segment of the bootcamp in Singapore are required to adhere to the on-site Safety Management Measures at all times. View the full measures here.

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AGENDA
MONDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2020
LIVE VENUE: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Timings are based on Singapore Time: GMT+8
2:00pm [For those attending physically only] Registration and Temperature Checks for SafeEntry
2:55pm Welcome by our Emcee
3:00pm Opening Remarks
Howie Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Media & Innovation, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
3:05pm Games Market Overview: What Makes Singapore Unique in the ASEAN Market
The talk will present the Singaporean games market in numbers, in the context of other markets in the SEA region as well as the global market. It will focus on the latest trends in the games business: cloud gaming, subscription gaming, and competitive mobile games. For each of these trends, Guilherme will share how they affect the Singaporean games market and the broader SEA market. Finally, you can expect insights into how to succeed in this unique and promising market.
Guilherme Coelho Fernandes, Game Market Consultant, Newzoo
3:30pm Case Study:
How Riot Games Assembled SEA's Top Influencers for the VALORANT Launch
Influencers are very much celebrated as inspirational and trendsetting personalities that audiences deeply resonate with, and this is especially relevant in the video games industry. In this session, Riot Games SEA will share all about how they rounded up the right content creators to drive excitement, hyped conversations and affinity for VALORANT (in the midst of a pandemic, no less), the company’s take on the uber-popular and saturated tactical shooter game genre.
Marc Johns, Head of Marketing, Riot Games SEA
4:00pm Special Announcement from the Organiser
gamescom asia
4:05pm Singapore’s Games Industry Insights: The Latest on GameDev, Esports and Key Association Initiatives
Speaker & Moderator:
Gwen Guo, Chairperson, Singapore Games Association (SGGA)

Panellists:
Shawn Toh, CEO, BattleBrew Productions
Desmond Wong, CEO, The Gentlebros
4:50pm Panel Discussion:
Setting Up in the Lion City: Tapping on Singapore’s Vibrant Ecosystem to Capture Growing Regional Opportunity
  • What do you think Singapore’s advantages are for developers trying to capture the regional opportunity? What are its unique quirks and challenges?
  • On the topic of talent, what advice would you give to studios considering opening in Singapore?
  • The future of mobile and free-to-play (F2P) gaming in this region.
  • What lies ahead for Singapore and the regional video game industry?
Moderator:
Simon Davis, CEO, Mighty Bear Games

Panellists:
Julian Corbett, President APAC, Voodoo
David Ng, CEO & Founder, goGame
Damien Leyris, Senior Associate Producer, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft Singapore
5:30pm Networking
6:00pm End of Event

 

Speakers

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Howie Lau, Assistant Chief Executive, Media & Innovation, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Howie Lau is the Assistant Chief Executive, Media & Innovation Group at IMDA with oversight of developing the technology, telecommunications and media business in Singapore as well as technology capability development. He was previously the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Consumer Business at StarHub and Vice President of Corporate Development at Lenovo, with more than 25 years of experience in corporate development and marketing. He is the Immediate Past President of Singapore Computer Society and sits on the Science Centre Singapore board, Singapore Pools technology advisory board among others. He graduated from National University of Singapore and received the Philip Kotler marketing excellence award and NUS outstanding alumni award.

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Guilherme Coelho Fernandes, Game Market Consultant, Newzoo

Guilherme Coelho Fernandes keeps a close eye on the latest trends in the games and esports business, making sure that Newzoo's models accurately reflect them, and works on custom and consulting projects with the company’s clients. After completing an MSc in Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Guilherme kick-started his professional career at PwC in Portugal, where he lived (along with Singapore and Sweden) before moving to the Netherlands. He is passionate about video games and exploring the unknowns in this space.

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Marc Johns, Head of Marketing, Riot Games SEA

Marc Johns oversees all marketing and communications efforts in the region, with a focus on building and fostering meaningful long-term relationships with Southeast Asian gamers. Marc has been with Riot Games since 2015 and previously served as the Marketing Lead for Global Esports Events, which include the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, All-Star Event, Rift Rivals, and the largest esports event in the world: The League Of Legends World Championship, which had over 99.6 Million unique viewers in 2018.

Prior to joining Riot Games, Marc held a variety of marketing roles across organisations including TBWA, Red Bull, Verisign, Activision and Nike. His campaign work has resulted in Cannes Lions, Clios, and Sports Emmy awards. Marc was born in Taipei and is an International Business & Marketing honors graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

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Gwen Guo, Chairperson, Singapore Games Association (SGGA)

Gwen Guo is a Singapore-based sound designer for video games and also the co-founder of Imba Interactive with about 9 years in the industry. Having experience of heading a startup, she developed project management skills with a flair for organisation and execution whilst maintaining welfare of co-workers and staff. Aside from being part of the IGDA Committee (2016 - 2018), she also kickstarted Game Audio Singapore, a local game audio community aimed to provide knowledge and sharing among students and professionals.

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Shawn Toh, CEO, BattleBrew Productions

Shawn Toh is the CEO and design lead at BattleBrew Productions. Prior to starting BattleBrew, he was a game designer at Japanese mobile game companies Gumi Asia and Nubee. His work has won multiple awards and been featured in various news outlets including Wired.com, Pocketgamer, 4gamer and many more.

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Desmond Wong, CEO, The Gentlebros

Desmond Wong is the co-founder and CEO of The Gentlebros, developers of the Cat Quest series. He is an artist and game designer by profession, and has also worked on AAA titles like Dead or Alive and Dynasty.

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Simon Davis, CEO, Mighty Bear Games

Simon Davis is an industry veteran with 20 years experience working in games at King, Ubisoft, Bigpoint, AKQA, Empire Interactive, Laughing Jackal, among many others. He is a one-time Develop Magazine “30 under 30” recipient (though sadly he’s now far too old to qualify) and currently CEO at Mighty Bear Games. Simon is also the co-chair of SG Tech's Gaming committee, the official trade association for tech and gaming in Singapore.

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Julian Corbett, President APAC, Voodoo

Julian Corbett is President APAC of Voodoo, one of world’s largest mobile games publisher. He remains Chairman of Ksubaka, an award-winning retail tech company that he co-founded with his brother, Giles Corbett. Julian 20+ years in entertainment and gaming has enabled him to be an actor since the early days of computer graphics, mobile gaming, the inception of 3D RealD - that went to own the cinema stereoscopic market (and went IPO on NYSE in 2010) - and the APAC launch of the world-record setting R* iconic Grand Theft Auto IV & V. He has lived and worked in Europe, the US and Asia and is currently a resident of Singapore.

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David Ng, CEO & Founder, goGame

With over 30 years of experience in building businesses, David Ng founded goGame with the financial backing of SEGA. He started Gumi's Asia arm and was the General Manager Asia online at Electronic Arts (EA). Well regarded as a leader in the gaming industry, David mentors game developers at Impixel Studios and is also a member of the newly formed Design & Media Advisory Committee (DMAC) at Nanyang Polytechnic.

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Damien Leyris, Senior Associate Producer, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft Singapore

Damien Leyris started his career as a Financial Planning Analyst at Ubisoft Film & Television. After a couple years, he took a leap of faith and shifted to the production team on the Rabbids Invasion TV series, before transitioning to production in video game development. Since joining Ubisoft, he has worked on games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins, Skull & Bones and now as the Senior Associate Producer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

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