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It’s Ready, Set, Go for Inaugural Global Esports Festival

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Get ready for a total GEFest. As part of the inaugural Global Esports Games taking place in Singapore from 18 to 19 December, fans can experience GEFestival in both live event and virtual formats, with the three-week long festivities beginning on 4 December.

The GEFestival brings esports fans in Singapore and across the world into a common creative, experimental space combining music, art and technology. It’s no secret that in recent years, the intersection between music and esports has become a booming business; Esports-branded music often performs well on streaming services, becoming a significant revenue stream for game developers who own stakes in the tracks’ master rights.

Spotify also has integrations with Xbox, PlayStation and other gaming consoles, creating meaningful growth for labels as the esports scene continues to rise.

The Programme 

The entertainment factor scales up in week two with the unveiling of the GEF Anthem, composed and performed by Singaporean singer-songwriter Jill-Marie Thomas; followed by the premiere of “How Gaming Saved The World”, an intimate documentary from a pandemic viewpoint produced by SupNerdTV, featuring personalities such as Team Singapore’s Street Fighter V Champion Brandon Chia. Cap it off with a mesmerising music collaboration with dancers/ choreographers Zaihar and Mohamed Arif, beatboxer champion Dharni and 3D digital artist JJ Low, which will be amplified by the visual effects of a giant LED wall at the new Razer regional headquarters in Southeast Asia.

Week One leads in with the Singapore Qualifier for the SEA Esports Championships, organised by the Singapore Esports Association. Tune in to the GEF’s Twitch and YouTube channels to watch the national selections take place on 4 to 5 December, as players compete across esports titles: PUBG mobile, League of Legends: Wild Rift and Valorant.

In a dynamic celebration of esports culture, the Global Esports Games will also be bringing the action to the heart of the city. Look out for the games-inspired mural created by renowned Singaporean street artist Antz at Orchard Cineleisure in Singapore, where 400 fans will also be invited for an exclusive live viewing party of the Games. 

The three-week extravaganza culminates in a finale at Zouk Singapore on 18 December, where the highlights (and lowlights) of the tournaments will be celebrated amidst the electrifying atmosphere of the games, as a wrap-up to the very first Global Esports Games.

Minecraft Campus Challenge

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Students from around the world are welcome to sign up for the Minecraft Campus Challenge by 6 December 2021 via the Rizo.gg app and compete to build ‘My Campus Life’.

The GEF will be inviting guest judges to assist in scoring and awarding prizes to the top 20 teams involved, with a bonus award to the popular vote build. SGD $10,000 will be up for grabs as the overall prize pool, with the lion share going to the team in 1st place. Top builds will be featured globally online.

Pokemon Unite Champions League

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If you gotta catch ‘em all, form your A team and join the battle arena in the Pokemon Unite Champions League! Qualifiers take place online on 12 December, with the offline finals following up a week after, on 19 December in Singapore. More details can be found here

Following Singapore, the next Global Esports Games will be hosted by Istanbul in 2022, and Riyadh in 2023. 

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