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Diablo III distributors Asiasoft Online will be selling the action RPG at a discounted price to celebrate its one year anniversary.
The standard version of the game will now cost S$69 ($55) and RM168 ($56) in Singapore and Malaysia, respectively. Customers who buy the game will get a free SteelSeries Diablo III mouse pad. The offer ends on May 30.
Outlets in Singapore offering this promotion include Gamescore, Funz Centre, and Challenger. For a full list of stores in Singapore and Malaysia, check out the official Asian site for Diablo III.
MapleStory Southeast Asian publisher Asiasoft Online has announced details for the Season 2 update for MMMO MapleStory in the region.
The patch will be released in six separate increments starting from April 24 until July 17. On April 24, players get access to hyper skills and the option for item reorganization. Players will get to play as new character classes in the next few weeks, starting with the Demon Avenger on May 15.
The Angelic Buster will be available on May 29, while the Luminous and Kaiser classes will be out together on June 12. The final new character for the update, the Xenon class, will be out on July 3.
The final piece of the update will launch on July 17 and will add in the Monster Life game feature. Here, players can build their own custom farms to receive special buffs; the more clovers a farm has, the more prestige the farm has.
For more information on the updates, check out Asiasoft's MapleStory page.
The Singapore telecommunications company StarHub has announced that its mobile game subscription service will be available from April 6 for StarHub Mobile post-paid subscribers.
The service is called Game On and acts as a platform for Android titles. The full version of World of Goo, Chicken Invaders 3, Dark Nebula – Episode One, and Anomaly Warzone Earth HD will be available for players to download and play.
StarHub is charging S$5.35 ($4.32) for a 30-day subscription; members who download it onto their smartphones can try the app out for free for seven days. Check out the official website for the app for more information.
Last Saturday was a huge treat for FIFA 13 fans in Singapore, with the FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Asia All-Stars finals taking place at the Avalon club at Marina Bay Sands. Finalists from the qualifier events held in Singapore, Australia, and Japan converged to do battle with one another to determine who would win the grand prize of AU$10,000.
Check out the photos below.
When all was said and done, it was Kei "Kuryani" Umezu who took home the the cash prize. He fought hard against Australian finalist Adam "HumptyDumpy" Kharman.
The shoutcasters who were on board were Tsubasa and BunBunMaru; the latter is a renowned Famitsu writer and former Virtua Fighter 2 pro gamer. The top three players will be given a chance to participate in the FIFA Ultimate Team Asia AllStars finals held at the Avalon club in Singapore for a shot at A$10,000. Check out the photos below.
After the dust had settled, the winners were Jumpei "JUN_Fifa" Matsumoto, Kei "Kuranya" Umezu and Taiga "StanSmith" Kishi. All three of them were happy at given the chance to compete in Singapore and would go together as a team to take first place in the tournament. StanSmith added that he’s confident as he’s been studying the Australian and Singaporean players.
Each of their strategies during the qualifiers revolved around adapting to the players they were given. StanSmith said that he stuck with the 3-5-2 formation that worked to his advantage, while Kuranya had used the same dribbling and formation tactics as in his online sessions way before the tournament.
All of them said that the FIFA 13 Japanese community is small could use an improvement and more events to promote its existence. This was largely due to the Pro Evolution Soccer series being bigger in the region; the game has licensing rights for the Japanese teams from the J-League.
In any case, GameSpot Asia wishes them congratulations, as well as wish them luck for the upcoming finals. For more updates, head to the FIFA Ultimate Team Asia AllStars Tournament page. If you missed it, check out the replay here.
Just before the Evolution Championship Series tournament (or EVO 2013 for short) hits this July, there will be a final Road to EVO 2013 International preliminary tournament set in Singapore.
According to an announcement made by Tough Cookie TV and the Singapore E-Sports League, the tournament is called the Southeast Asia Major 2013. It will be held from June 21 to June 23 at the Alienware Arena located in the Lucky Chinatown complex.
The tournament will feature six out of the eight official EVO 2013 games: Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition ver. 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken ver. 2013, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4 Arena and The King of Fighters XIII. The top 16 players for the qualifiers will get a seed point each for Evo 2013.
There will also be tournaments for Soul Calibur V and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, as well as a Mega Man X Street Fighter speedrun contest. Notable tournament players who will be attending the event are Mike Ross, EG’s Justin Wong, Bruce 'GamerBee' Hsiang, and Kun-Xian 'Xian' Ho. For more information on the tournament, head to the link here.
EVO 2013 will be held in Las Vegas from July 12 to July 14.
The Electronic Sports League of Asia (ESL) has announced that it will be hosting the Singapore qualifiers for the Call of Duty Championship 2013 tournament on March 16 starting at 3pm.
The game used in the tournament will be the most recent title in the franchise: Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Teams of four players within the region will be competing online for two team spots in the Asia finals on March 17. The competition will also involve teams from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.
The two top Asian teams will then qualify to compete in the Call of Duty Championship 2013 tournament held in Hollywood, Los Angeles on April 5 to 7. The winning team of the final tournament will win $1 million dollars in prize money.
Gamers wishing to participate will need to have ESL accounts, be 18 years of age and a team of their own. The deadline for signing up is March 16 at 2:45pm. Head down to ESL Asia’s page for more information.
Sony fans in Singapore can look forward to an upcoming PlayStation roadshow hosted by Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong.
The event will be held at the Funan DigitaLife Mall this week from February 28 to March 2, from 11am to 9pm. Games available as public demos include God of War: Ascension (out on March), Dust 514 and FIFA 13 for the PS3, while Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, and Need For Speed Most Wanted are up for playtesting on the PS Vita.
In addition, there will be a FIFA 13 Ultimate Team tournament to determine the ultimate FIFA 13 player within the Asia Pacific region. The preliminary event in Singapore will be on March 3 and is hosted by EA and GameSpot.
The three top winners from Singapore will fight against the three top Australian and Japanese players at the finals held on March 23. For more information, check out GameSpot’s feature page on the tournament.
Sales promotions for PlayStation consoles are also available. A limited Battlefield 3 PS3 500GB bundle will be available for S$439, while a FIFA 13 PS3 500GB bundle will cost S$479. Interested parties looking for a PlayStation Vita can get a Need For Speed PS Vita 3G bundle for S$449. The Wi-Fi model for the same bundle will cost gamers S$429.
Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong has announced that it will soon take Singapore pre-orders for the regular and premium edition of the PS Vita title Soul Sacrifice.
The premium version contains a cosmic red PS Vita with a special Soul Sacrifice decal on the back, the Japanese version of the game, a cosmic red head set, and a 16GB memory card. The bundle will cost S$469 ($378), while the regular version of the game costs S$69.90 ($56).
Customers who pre-order the game--standard or premium edition--between February 22 and March 6 will also get a Soul Sacrifice key chain and A4 folder. The game is slated to be out in Asia on March 7.
For more information on the action game, check out GameSpot’s gamespace on the title.
Asian online game publisher IAHGames will be distributing a new MMORPG based on the Chinese "wuxia" novels--stories about martial arts heroes--written by Xiong "Gu Long" Yaohua.
Titled New Gulong Online, the game was developed by Taiwanese company Zealot Digital International Corp. The game was made by the company's game divisions at Taiwan and Singapore for a cost of $17 million.
The game features six factions for players to side with and different fighting styles for them to experiment and pick from. Gamers will also get to interact with characters from popular Chinese novels like "Passionate Swordmaster & Heartless Sword", "Xiao Li Swift Darts", and Adventures of Lu Xiao Feng".
The game will be distributed in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand by IAH. The closed beta is scheduled to start at the end of the first quarter of the year.
Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong has announced details of a Singapore pre-order event for the latest chapter in Kratos' story, God of War: Ascension. The event will take place on 1st February 2013 at the Sony Stores at Funz Center and Isetan Orchard.
The first 50 people to pre-order any of the God of War: Ascension bundles will receive a t-shirt, two posters, and a God of War mug. The first 50 pre-orders will also receive a discount to buy the God of War Saga collection for S$9.90.
The various bundles include a Steelbook edition (which includes the Mythological Heroes and Blade of Judgement DLC) for S$69.90; a collector's edition (which includes a Kratos statue, the Mythological Heroes and Blade of Judgement DLC, a future DLC pass, a 48-hour MP XP boost, a PSN avatar pack, and more) for S$129.90; a bundle with a special God Of War: Ascension controller for S$129.90; and a deluxe collector's edition, which comes with all of the collector's edition bonuses plus a second Kratos statue, for S$139.90.
With only a few weeks to go until the latest adventures of Lara Croft hits store shelves, publisher Square Enix and distributor Namco Bandai have outlined some exclusive goodies for the Xbox 360 edition of Tomb Raider for Asian gamers.
All 360 launch copies of Tomb Raider in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and southeast Asia will include the agility skill upgrade for Lara, the Shanty Town multiplayer map, and the Tomb Raider combat strike pack (which includes extra skills and weapons upgrades) on day one of release.
In addition, Namco Bandai also has an offering for those who order the Asian Survival Edition for the 360. Gamers who pre-order will receive a Hitman: Absolution-themed weapons pack, three different skins for Lara, and a single-player challenge map called Tomb of the Lost Adventurer.
Gamers in Malaysia can look forward to an upcoming event being hosted by Asus Malaysia and Nvidia.
The event will feature a Q&A session with Nvidia representatives. Local pro gamers Ashley "Summer" Khoo and Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung will also make an appearance and showcase their skills in FPS and MOBA titles respectively. The two of them will also offer tips and tricks in enhancing computers with Asus and Nvidia products.
The best-selling games in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan in 2012 have been announced, according to market research agency GFK group.
In Hong Kong, soccer title Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 was the best-selling game for last year, selling 50,500 units. This was followed by Kinect Adventures, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Resident Evil 6, and Sleeping Dogs.
Over at South Korea and Taiwan, Diablo III was the consumer's choice. Diablo 3 raked in 364,200 copies in South Korea while the Taiwan managed to sell 132,900 copies of the PC title.
In related news, GFK group also revealed sales numbers for home (PS3, Xbox 360) and portable (3DS, PSP, PS Vita) consoles. For Hong Kong, sales units for home and portable systems were 161,100 and 138,800 respectively. South Korea's numbers were 245,700 home console units and 152,400 portable consoles, while Taiwan's numbers were 137,500 home consoles and 111,800 portable consoles.
The full top five software list for each of the regions are below from the month of January 2012 until December 2012 :
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 – 50,500
Kinect Adventures – 47,000
One Piece: Pirate Warriors – 44,800
Resident Evil 6 – 43,200
Sleeping Dogs – 29,600
Diablo III – 364,200
Wii Sports Resort – 90,000
Just Dance 2 – 76,300
Kirby Mass Attack – 56,100
Diablo III – 132,900
One Piece: Pirate Warriors – 40,900
Kinect Sports: Season Two – 25,600
Resident Evil 6 – 24,300
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Singapore eSports gaming team and agency Flash eSports will be hosting a Dota 2 tournament for locals to participate called the Flash Dota 2 League 2013.
The tournament for the first season will be held from January 26 to 27, and will be at the Alienware Arena located at Lucky Chinatown, 211 New Bridge Road, in Singapore. According to the official forums, the 64-team tournament already has 41 confirmed teams at this point in time.
The tournament will also be having a shoutcasting competition; eight shoutcasters have been confirmed. According to a blog post from Flash eSports founder Terence Ting (via Robots Gone Bad), other titles up for consideration for league play under the agency are StarCraft II and Counterstrike: Global Offensive, along with other titles.
Interested parties can register for the tournament here.
NHN Singapore announced that the open beta for its free-to-play MMO, Dragon Saga, will be ready today on January 11 at 1pm SGT.
Players can get the full open beta game on this link. Previously, the closed beta session for the game ended on January 2.
The game, previously under the name Dragonica, was initially published by IAHGames in Southeast Asia before shutting down. Ragnarok Online 2 developer Gravity Games bought the rights for Dragonica back in 2010.
For more information, check out GameSpot's playthrough of the title below.
Gamers in Southeast Asia clamoring for a local version of Nintendo's new console may need to wait a little longer.
According to Singapore game stores Qisahn, Funzcentre, and Gamescore, the local version of the Wii U that will be distributed by Maxsoft will only be available on January 2013. Additional details have yet to be divulged at this point in time.
In the meantime, users in Singapore can get the import deluxe version for S$599 ($491) from game stores Qisahn and Gamescore. Qisahn stated on Singapore newspaper Straits Times on its Digital Life inset that it is offering a one year warranty for the imported device. Wii U games sold in Singapore and Asia will still work on these US sets.
Currently, the price for the Wii U starts at $300 in North America. For more information on the device, check out GameSpot's extensive coverage.
Rapture Gaming has announced the dates and featured tournaments for The Games Xpo Malaysia.
The event will be held from December 22 to December 23 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Hall 1. Tournaments happening during the show include the DOTA 2: The Asia tournament and a FIFA 13 tournament.
The teams participating in the DOTA 2 tournament are LGD, MUFC, Natural 9, Revival, Elunes, 1stVN I HCMA, Zenith, Orange Esports, Joenet, Mith-Trust and TNC. The English live stream commentary for the tournament will be done by Toby 'TobiWan' Dawson and Joshua 'Jtan' Tan. Other languages from different streams of the same tournament include Thai, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Chinese.
The 48-person FIFA 13 tournament will feature cash prizes up to RM1,750 and will be held at NVidia's booth. Head to the official site for more information.
Asian publisher and distributor IAH Games is officially bringing New Chinese Paladin Online to Southeast Asia.
IAH Games will distribute the Dream Square-developed title in Malaysia and Singapore, starting this month. Localization will also be done for the game, with English, Thai, and Bahasa Indonesia translations planned. IAH Games CEO Roland Ong said that this is the first Chinese web browser game launched in the Southeast Asian market.
New Chinese Paladin Online is based on the Paladin game series that's popular in China and Taiwan. The title is free to play; players need to register an account with IAH Games to access it. Gamers can purchase in-game items using iCash cards, the currency for all games published by IAH Games.
The game's closed beta started on November 30.
The Alienware Starcraft II Pro/Am Tournament in Singapore--held in conjunction with GameSpot Asia--now has confirmed which of the nation's top Starcraft players will be competing in the event.
Tournament organisers SC2sea.com has revealed on its website that the following StarCraft II pro gamers from Singapore will be attending the event: DM.MCZ ProAnnn (Protoss), EveYekke (Zerg), FlashdraKe (Terran), EveDougy(Zerg), FaDeVenosaur (Protoss), DM.MCZ Polaris (Zerg), DM.MCZ River(Protoss), Lobo(Protoss), Ninpo(Terran), EveRekanise(Protoss), EveMaltiso(Zerg), EveJaFF(Protoss), EveVendetta(Protoss), aLtcure(Protoss), DM.MCZ DgNa(Terran).
The tournament will be held on December 15 and 16, from 12pm to 7pm each day. The first place prize is an Alienware X51 desktop, while the runner-up prize is a S$500 voucher. The top eight amateur participants will win S$100 vouchers each, while the bottom eight get S$50 Dell vouchers each. The event is being held at the new Alienware Arena Cybercafe, on the third floor of Lucky Chinatown, Singapore.
On the first day, the pro gamers and amateur players are able to compete; their games have their own stream channels. Gamers can also check out the latest preview version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Players can also try to win up to 50 beta keys to the upcoming expansion. Spectators are also welcome to attend for free.
Amateur players interested in competing can sign up for the tournament now.