George Town, 23 August 2019… Set to be the largest landmark gaming and esports event in Northern Malaysia, Penang Esports Festival 2019 (PEF) is bringing in the heavy hitters together with a variety of world-class gaming tournaments! PEF’s inaugural event will be taking place on 7th & 8th September 2019 at Penang’s Setia SPICE Arena.
Esports or electronic sports, is an organised form of competition similar to professional sports but centred around video games. PEF aims to position Penang as the gaming and esports hub in Malaysia whilst promoting Penang as a top tourism destination for the youth.
PEF 2019 is organised by SOZO Pte Ltd and presented by the Penang State Government with the support of PETACH (Penang State EXCO Office for Tourism, Arts, Culture & Heritage) and Penang Global Tourism. Partners of the festival include gaming stalwarts Eliphant Pte Ltd, Flash Vision Esport, GameStart Asia and KITAMEN.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PEF 2019
Top-Tier Esports Tournaments with attractive prize pools!
An exciting and diverse line-up of the world’s biggest games will be testing the mettle of esports athletes! For a massive prize pool of over RM75,000, players will be battling it out in PUBG Mobile, TEKKEN 7, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, SOULCALIBUR VI (as part of the SOULCALIBUR VI Asia League), Dragon Ball FighterZ (as part of Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour), Auto Chess as well as Pokémon Video and Trading Card Games.
Hands on popular games, new releases and merchandises
Those who are not competitive gamers need not worry because PEF’s exhibition has much to offer. Try out some newly released games at the PlayStation booth; have a go on Drodo’s Auto Chess mobile game; participate in some fun activities at the eGG Network booth to win some souvenirs; get a chance to try out Magnus Games Studio’s newest game – Re:Legend, which will be launched this late August; all of these and more for an exciting experience at PEF 2019!
Gaming Industry Insiders to share their Wealth of Experience!
Regional gaming insiders will also be attending PEF 2019 to share their knowledge and provide tips for young gamers eager to break into the industry. These regional gaming insiders are:
- DC Gan, producer from Magnus Game Studios
- Elicia Lee, founder of Eliphant and GameStart Asia
- Faraz Shabibi, host and content creator from eGG Network
- Sean Lim, founder of Wanuxi
Elicia, Faraz and Sean will be giving their respective perspectives of the gaming industry as well as share their experience and insights in a panel talk session on 7th September. On the same day, DC will be speaking at a separate session about his journey from the time he was just a kid in Penang to launching his game worldwide. Visitors are welcome to join the panel talk sessions with these gaming experts at the main stage.
Wall to Wall Coverage from Top Gaming Media!
The region’s biggest names in the gaming media will be on hand to support the event by providing seamless coverage of all the tournaments and stages happening during PEF 2019. Top esports and gaming channel eGG Network; Malaysia’s biggest gaming media network Wanuxi; GamerBraves; Gamer Santai; and SEA’s biggest Japan pop culture media SO JAPAN will be all geared up to share the excitement to region-wide fans. Fans who are unable to make it to the event can also watch PEF’s big matches online via livestreaming:
- PUBG Mobile Malaysia Esports Arena Facebook Page
- SOULCALIBUR VI – Versus Asia Twitch
- Dragon Ball FighterZ – Dragon Ball FighterZ Twitch
Groove to Live Performances of Popular Game Music!
With music an integral part of the gaming experience, fans are guaranteed to get pumped-up by gaming songs from anisong (anime song) deejay and regional talent, DJ SOBA as well as a live performance by popular Malaysian violinist and cosplayer Luna Lorrain!
Entrance ticket is RM5 per person per day and will be available for purchase throughout the festival. For more details, visit PEF’s official Facebook page, Penang Esports Festival and website penangesports.com
About SOZO Pte Ltd
Tapping on Japan’s diverse wealth of entertainment content since the company started in 2009, SOZO has positioned itself to be the ‘bridge’, connecting Japan to SE Asia – by showcasing quality concerts, engaging retail experiences and creating meaningful online engagement to audiences and businesses across SE Asia.
SOZO has a presence across SE Asia in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Penang, Manila and Tokyo. It is the owner and operator of international brand, ‘AFA – Anime Festival Asia’, as well as the company behind premier entertainment concert platforms such as ‘I Love Anisong’ and ‘JMF – Japan Music Festival’ Concert Event Series, which has consistently brought in top Japanese artistes from Japan.
SOZO also operates ‘SO JAPAN’, SE Asia’s #1 Japanese Pop Culture focused media network, covering 3 languages with a reach of over 3 million fans across SE Asia.
SOZO is part of Sony Music Entertainment Japan.
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