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Chinese Tactics Anthem now on China's Gamebox with a competition to pit gamers in China vs Singapore

Tactics Anthem and three other Singapore titles on China’s Gamebox targets China International Broadcasting Network of 60 million users, with a competition to be held between the best of China and Singapore by year-end.

July 26, 2011 - PRLog -- Singapore. The Chinese Edition of Tactics Anthem, will soon be opened to gamers in China through a collaborative effort between Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and China International Broadcasting Network (CIBN). Announcing this during a Press Conference in Chinajoy 2011, a spokesman from the Media Development of Singapore (MDA) revealed that the ‘Gamebox’ (http://gamebox.catv.net) will allow Chinese players to experience games which have received good feedback in Singapore, and he thanked CIBN for helping to introduce these games to its gamer base of 60million registered users and beyond.

The Gamebox will be showcased as part of Singapore’s inaugural participation at the 9th China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference 2011, signaling Singapore’s growing interest to cultivate the Chinese games market. To promote the Singapore games available on the portal, MDA and CIBN are also organising an inaugural Singapore-China Game Box Championship 2011 where Chinese gamers will be rewarded for mastering the four games on the Gamebox, namely Rocketbirds: Revolution!, Straw Hat Samurai: Duels, Fish-a-Fish and Tactics Anthem Online II. Gamers are free to sign up for the China leg of the trans-national competition that will be held in Wuhan in early November. Four top players will then be selected to represent China in the Singapore grand finals and they stand to win RMB 30,000 yuan in prizes on top of an all-expenses-paid trip to Singapore end November.

Mr Wang Ping, chairman of CIBN, added: “This collaboration is a mark of the deepening partnership we have with Singapore in the digital media space which we have been cultivating since 2009. We are happy to partner MDA in hosting the Singapore-China Game Box Championship and extending full infrastructure support in the establishment of this portal so that our Chinese gamers can truly experience gaming without borders.”.

Tactics Anthem was originally coded in English. To facilitate its localization into Chinese, besides the language translation, some images have also been changed to suit the taste of the Chinese audience. It is envisaged that when the full system is up, players from the US can play against players in China through the Singapore portal. The US player will see the China player’s cards in English while the Chinese player will see the US player’s cards in Mandarin. iCELL is also looking at including automatic translation service so that during chat sessions, players can converse in their native language in the same session.

The Tactics Anthem game has its own domain http://www.tacticsanthem.com whereas the book is available through Chinese partner Shanda Literature in both English and Chinese under the ‘Seals of Light’ brand through their portal sdl.sg.  The Chinese-translated edition can be found at: http://www.sdl.sg/zh/b/80000212.html

To celebrate Tactics Anthem’s Chinese localization, during the Chinajoy period, the public can download ‘Tactician’ and ‘Camelot’ from the Tactics Anthem Chronicles series free from Smashwords.com at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66367 and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66362

The first four games to be featured in the ‘Gamebox’ can be viewed on Youtube at:

Do google 'Tactics Anthem' to see the range of products already created for this property (video, online game, comics etc).  In collaboration with Camelot Hobbies, Tactics Anthem eBooks can also be found on popular retail sites such as iBookstore, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and on eBook portals such as Smashwords.com and Lulu.com.

The synopsis of the Tactics Anthem Book-n-Game universe is as follows:
With the fall of King Arthur, Castle Camelot and Bretunia itself is in danger of being devastated by Queen Morgana. An unlikely bunch of wizard, makidon, galan and knight comes to the fore. Are they the chosen who will deliver Camelot by recovering the fabled Armor of Light? You have longed to become a Tactician under the orders of Castle Camelot. The long months of training have sharpened you, and the rumors of war are making you yearn for action. Never would you have imagined that the Prince of Camelot has gone missing – and you are about to be part of his adventure…

About Chinajoy
The China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) is among the top three game expos in the world, ChinaJoy is the No.1 game expo in Asia. It is meant to encourage and support legal game products, and establish a platform for the comprehensive development of Chinese electronics products.

Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association was founded by a group of enthusiastic gamers and leaders who wanted to make a difference in the local gaming scene, especially in promoting Cybersports, or more commonly known as eSports.
Today, their initiatives include cyber wellness and digital literacy programmes. SCOGA have been working with various government bodies, industry players, media, schools, gamers, parents and voluntary welfare organisations.

About iCELL
iCELL Network is a leader in wireless infrastructure and solutions in Singapore and one of the country's pioneering Wireless ISPs and system integrators. The company is also one of the three Wireless ISPs selected for Singapore's island-wide Wireless@SG public Wi–Fi initiative.

About Camelot Hobbies (http://www.camelothobbies.com.sg)
Camelot Hobbies aims to be a leading edutainment provider, focusing in the computer & mobile gaming arenas, as well as edutainment services. Camelot Hobbies is committed to delivering the best in education and entertainment platform, games and game-related products with the best value-for-money.  
Our product lineup includes (Parent Choice Award (US) winners - Maths-Me! and Conundrum. We have localization capabilities and have successfully translated the Classic BattleTech game and novels from English to Mandarin for the Asian markets.

About Tactics Anthem (Online Cardgame) http://www.tacticsanthem.com
Tactics Anthem is a new generation of online trading-card battle system. Its revolutionary gameplay uses a twin-deck duel mechanism and focuses heavily on battle formations over the conventional attack strength of an individual creature.  Gameplay is simple and yet challenging to master, with fantastic replay value. The twin-deck battle system allows you to build unique strategies which, up until now, has never been possible. With no scores or points to keep, winning is a matter of deploying your entire minion hand into victory across the opponent's battlefield.

About Smashwords
Founded in 2008, Smashwords operates the world’s leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for the world’s authors and publishers to instantly publish and distribute their books as multi-format ebooks. Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from sales of their works. Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Diesel eBooks, and leading mobile e-reading apps including Aldiko, Stanza, Kobo, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Privately held Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at http://www.smashwords.com/. Visit the official Smashwords blog at http://blog.smashwords.com/

Benny Goh

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