The Campus Game, Arts, Media, Edutainment (GAME) Fest 2015 is an initiative spearheaded and organised by the Singapore CyberSports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA), Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and produced by Wolong Ventures. Held at the ITE college central, the three-day festival running from the 26th- 28th June is open to the public, and is an integral part of the ITE student calendar supported by the National Youth Council and MDA (Media Development Authority of Singapore) to promote creativity, innovation, digital entertainment and cultivating cyber wellness through games.
Touted as the coolest and biggest youth-led engagement festival in Singapore the event saw an introduction of the launch of several local-centric mobile app games, student developed special games, gaming competitions and pioneer generation engagement. Over 12,000 attendees are expected to attend to showcase and pit their skills in Gaming, Arts, Media and Edutainment. It is also the biggest local youth-led event organised by 200 youth volunteers from the community and ITE (Hospitality). Gracing the event at the opening was Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development, who officiated the launch with Mr Bruce Poh (COE ITE) and Nicholas Aaron Khoo (Chairman SCOGA).
Engaging our Pioneers
Pioneer generation members from the Thye Hua Kwan senior activity centres in the immediate neighbourhood were engaged through mobile games like Fruit Ninja. When played with the elders, promotes hand-eye coordination that not only keeps the mind active, but also has been used in therapy to help stroke patients in their recovery. The games were well received by 50 Pioneers from the senior activity centres with youth volunteers at the event, who never seem to get enough of playing and showcasing their high scores at the event.
Singapore-centric games and apps
In addition, students from ITE have also created special games, which will also make their debut at the Festival. 5 uniquely Singaporean mobile games were showcased as part of Singapore’s 50th birthday (SG50) celebrations. These Apps officially launched at event (Building the Lion, KAN-CHEONG! Kopitiam Saga, My Singapore City, Rickshaw Rush and Satay Club) were inspired by Singapore’s culture, heritage and are supported by the MDA. You are able to find all the Apps available for free for one month on both the Google and Apple App Stores.
BYOPC Gaming competitions
Being an ex-WCG gamer myself, the BYOPC parties are definitely a call home for me, whether you are a hardware enthusiast with the most souped up water-cooled rig to the hardcore fragger. Expect over 1,000 attendees in Singapore’s biggest Bring Your PC (BYOPC) LAN party pitting each other out in competitions of faction wars, mini tournaments and offline gun tag battles and street soccer. 60 schools will also be participating in the 5th National Education inter-school Gaming Championship (NEGC) through serious games to discover the 3rd Generation Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in a fun and engaging way.
Art shows and initiatives
Miscellaneous events includes illustrations and short stories from the recently launched SG50 Commemorative Comic “Our Months Together” by 50 local comic artists in the SG50 Comic Art Exhibition, an initiative in partnership with the Comic Society of Singapore. Furthermore, gracious online behavior against cyber-bullying are promoted through an art competition by 20 Secondary Schools island-wide to promote cyber wellness through the “BuddyNotBullySG” campaign between SCOGA and the Singapore Kindness Movement. Last but not least, expect workshops, speeches and sharing sessions by industry partners such as Aaron Khoo, Founder of Tree Potatoes, Tan Hui Tian, Game artist and award-winning designer and Louis Lin, MSI Notebook SEA Region Marketing Manager throughout the event, check the schedule for more details.
So if you are a gamer at heart, be sure to pop by ITE college central multi-purpose hall at the 4th level, the event runs from Friday to Sunday till late.