HYPERPLAY CELEBRATES YOUTH ON DAY 1 OF ASEAN’S 1ST ESPORTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

MALAYSIA AND VIETNAM TO FACE OFF IN TOMORROW’S FINALS FOR ASEAN’S LEAGUE OF LEGENDS TOURNAMENT

SOUTH KOREAN SUPERSTAR CL AND SINGAPORE’S POP QUARTET THE SAM WILLOWS SET THE STAGE FOR DAY 1 OF MTV SPOTLIGHT AT HYPERPLAY

SINGAPORE, 4 AUGUST 2018Hyperplay, the first ever integrated ASEAN esports and music festival  brought together avid fans on its first day, living up to the expectations of hype and thrills. In celebration of our youths, fans got to immerse themselves in a range of esports action and music performances – the two key cultural cornerstones of the generation.

 

Hyperplay kicked off with the first ASEAN League of Legends semi-finals with Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Hunters taking on Philippines’ Acclaim Empire X. After three intense rounds of powerplay, the Malaysians came out on top with a 2 – 1 victory over their ASEAN counterparts, sealing a spot in tomorrow’s grand finals.

 

In the first round, Team Philippines drafted crowd control that quickly shut down the Malaysians with 24 kills. Team Malaysia then turned the tables in the second game, after back-and-forth team fights led by Qaspiel. As the most-fed player, Qaspiel carried the team to a convincing comeback victory. While Team Philippines was more aggressive in initiating team fights and ambushes, Team Malaysia showcased more dominant, synergetic team play in the third and final game, to take the overall  victory.

 

“I think our team’s jungling takes the largest credit for this victory – our overall performance was on-form and we went all out. I love to play Kai’Sa to take on the frontline and attack the opponents’ backline when they are off-guard,” said OzoraVeki, team captain of Team Malaysia.

 

“Hyperplay is one of the best LoL tournaments in Southeast Asia we've competed in as it is the first time it has brought together teams from the 10 ASEAN nations. We not only interacted with other League talents, but also had the chance to discover what Singapore has to offer as a city during the tours organized for us,” he added.

 

Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister, Teo Chee Hean then officially opened the show where he introduced and presented the inaugural Hyperplay trophy – which the winning team of the tournament will walk away with – before the highly-anticipated performance by Singaporean sensational pop band The Sam Willows.

 

Kicking off the 1st MTV Spotlight, The Sam Willows took the crowd through an adventurous journey with a nine-track set. The quartet wasted no time in getting the party started by opening up the show with a good collection of their past and present upbeat hits – All Time High (led by Benjamin), Baby Don’t Shy, Keep Me Jealous and Thirsty. Once they established their presence, the quartet brought the tempo down with their more emotionally raw numbers Save Myself and Robot from their latest sophomore album, tugging on the heartstrings of everyone in attendance. From there, the audience was treated to a guitar solo introduction by Jon that led into their dance-worthy number Papa Money that is currently taking over the airwaves. The foursome closed out the set with their hits For Love and Take Heart, from their previous debut album, right before an injured Narelle was piggy-backed onto Sandra for their exit.

Turning the focus back to esports, Singapore’s Sovereign put up a commendable effort against favourites, Vietnam’s Super Star Destroyers. However, it still wasn’t quite enough to match up to the sheer might of Team Vietnam as they quickly clinched victory in the first game, which took just 25 minutes. Led by Artemis – the main carry of the team – the Vietnamese set the pace of the game with a couple of fallback strategies that Sovereign failed to keep up with.

 

Team Singapore came alive in the second game as Yone stole Artemis’ thunder, displaying stylish gameplay against Artemis head-on. Despite engaging in an extremely close battle with Vietnam, Singapore ultimately fell short, as the former secured the win, extending their undefeated streak in the process. Team Vietnam will now face Team Malaysia in tomorrow’s grand finals.

 

“In the first half of  the second game, our team made dire mistakes but we drove the gameplay with tenacity and grit. Nonetheless, I am very happy to have won the game. We were a little nervous but now look forward to take on Malaysia tomorrow,” said Vormund of Super Stars Destroyers. <CL PLACEHOLDER>

 

Stay tuned for Day 2, as performances on the MTV Spotlight stage by Indonesian idol Afgan and Thailand’s leading rock band Slot Machine will continue the music high, to set the mood for the Finals and the eventual League of Legends ASEAN Champion. As a festival finale, celebrate with Nick Jonas and Alessia Cara at the first ever integrated esports and music event in the region.

 

In celebration of ASEAN Singapore 2018 and part of YOUTHx, Hyperplay is powered by Riot Games and MTV, presented by the MCCY and the NYC, and supported by gold sponsor Clear Men and official Telco partner Singtel. Patrons will be able to catch full set live performances by all acts for the MTV Spotlight stage hosted by MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer.

 

CATCH THE LIVE SCREENING AND BROADCAST

Streaming live across the two-day ticketed event on Hyperplay.sg, with key segments broadcast live across Southeast Asia, the first edition of Hyperplay will feature the first ever League of Legends ASEAN tournament with national teams from the 10 ASEAN countries.

 

NEWS UPDATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

In the weeks ahead, fans can get direct information and news updates by following Hyperplay on Facebook.

 

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About the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth  www.mccy.gov.sg

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth seeks to inspire Singaporeans through the arts and sports, strengthen community bonds, and promote volunteerism and philanthropy. Since its inception in November 2012, MCCY has been actively engaging the arts, heritage, sports, community and youth sectors.

 

The Ministry aims to bring into sharper focus the efforts to build a more cohesive and vibrant society, and to deepen a sense of identity and belonging to the nation. MCCY will work with its stakeholders to create an environment where Singaporeans can pursue their aspirations for a better quality of life and together, build a gracious and caring society we are proud to call home.

 

About the National Youth Council (全国青年理事会)                                            

At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop future-ready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit.

 

About YOUTHx

YOUTHx is a celebration of diverse youth interests, giving youths the opportunity to discover and unleash their potential, embody the spirit of passion, dynamism and the freedom to dream big.

 

Recognising the many interests and passions of youths in Singapore, YOUTHx will culminate in a larger celebration on 4-5 August 2018 – a combination of SHINE Festival, GetActive!SG, and for the first time ever, Hyperplay.

 

With Singapore helming the ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, the weekend festivities will also incorporate an ASEAN flavour.

 

About Riot Games

Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. Riot's mission is to be the most player-focused company in the world.

 

About League of Legends

League of Legends is a fast-paced & skill based competitive online game. Two teams of powerful champions, each with a unique design and play-style, battle head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes. With an ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene, League of Legends offers endless replayability for players of every skill level. Over 100 million people globally play every month.

 

About MTV

MTV is the leading youth media brand inspired by music, in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms.  A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and new MTV Studios unit which produces new and reimagined content for SVOD and Linear platforms based on MTV’s library of over 200+ youth titles and franchises. For more information about MTV in Asia, visit www.mtvasia.com.

 

About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.comblog.viacom.com and the Viacom Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

 

About Clear Men

Clear Men is the world’s number 1 male shampoo brand, 100% made for men to give unbeatable protection against dandruff. Clear Men inspires every man to show the world that regardless of his circumstance, challenges or barriers, that every man has the capacity to showcase his winning spirit. That in itself, is success.

 

About Singtel

Singtel is Asia's leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 650 million mobile customers in 21 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.

 

 

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Talk of the Town, on behalf of Hyperplay

Deborah Alicia

PR Consultant

t: +65 8767 8280

 

Viacom International Media Networks

Cassandra Cheong

Communications, Southeast Asia

t: +65 6420 7298

 

Riot Games

Veronica Foo

Community Manager

t: +65 9621 4323

Viacom International Media Networks

Sheila Lim

Associate, Communications, Southeast Asia

t: +65 6420 7121 

 

 

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