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Game show offers treats for manga and anime fans

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Children's Day is about to get its game on. "Thailand Game Show 2013: Plus" at Bitec, Bang Na, will feature hundreds of computer games, competitions, and special treats for die-hard fans of manga and anime. 

One of the highlights is set to be the "Anime and Manga Friends" zone, where television channels and distributors will deliver popular and rare manga, plus goodies such as figure models of popular characters imported from China and South Korea.

Visitors will have the chance to meet Danny Choo, son of world-renowned shoemaker Jimmy Choo, at the Japan Culture Exhibition. A devoted fan of Japanese popular culture, especially anime and manga, Choo will share his love of the genre while his limited and collectable editions will be exhibited at the Danny Choo Live booth.

"The game fair this year will be the National Children's Day event that every member of the family can enjoy," said Show No Limit managing director Pongsuk Hiranpruek, the show organiser.

Family members can indulge in a video game competition along with other forms of electronic entertainment at the "Hi-Tech Entertainment" zone. There will also be zones for arcade games, gadgets and tablets, while leading providers will let you get your hands on games that are set to be released later this year. The event will showcase about 20 local online game firms, including studios, publishers, developers and start-up companies, and there will be opportunities for local and foreign investors who are keen to explore digital media developments.

"This will be a good opportunity to demonstrate the potential of Thai talents in the gaming industry, the venture capitalists will be able to witness the real environment of the games market, and this will also show that Thailand can be a centre of creative industry in the region," said Pongsuk.

The business matching zone is purposefully designed as an ideal venue for game providers from across the Asean region and business operators to meet and create business bonds under the theme "Asean Connect".

Meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (Mice) will highlighted, while the seminar on "Mice Digitally Yours" will analyse the growth of the digital entertainment media market.

The event is supported by the Software Industry Promotion Agency, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Tourism Authority of Thailand.

"Thailand Game Show 2013: Plus" will be held from Friday to Sunday at Bitec Bang Na.

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