Friday, April 13, 2007

iBlog 3 summit: a quick Granado Espada update

I've just got back from Day 1 of iBlog 3: The Third Philippine Blogging Summit, and I've got some wonderful Granado Espada-related news to share with you - and in particular with my fellow players here in the Philippines.

One of the event's major sponsors was, you guessed it, IPVentures, which is the mother company of and of IP-Interactive, which will be releasing and overseeing Granado Espada here.

IPVentures also sent a speaker to the event, mainly to talk about how e-Games is helping build communities of gamers and also encouraging them to blog and/or express themselves as players of their games. The name on the program was that of CEO Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez, but the person who went to the event was actually e-Games President and COO Steve Tsao.

I was introduced to Mr. Tsao by Joel Tan, and he was gracious enough to spend a few minutes chatting about the local release of Granado Espada with Joel and me.

Essentially, Mr. Tsao says he's pushing as hard as is possible to get the game released here already, as he says he's fairly aware of the number of people who have already played it here, and similarly of their collective desire to get back into the game.

He advised us he'll soon be meeting again with the people at IAH to talk about GE - and so I want to wish him luck for the trip - so we can get our game on!

Mr. Tsao made quite a good presentation as speaker, incidentally, and even touched on GE definitely being released in the Philippines this year, in some form or another.


My thanks to Joel Tan (Ceskypooh's World, Gam3r Me
, and Game! Magazine) for the introduction to Mr. Tsao.


Janette Toral said...

I also got the chance to try Granado Espada during its closed beta stage. I look forward to the release of the game soon.

NineMoons Family said...

it's the whole raison d'etre for this blog ^^

i miss the game badly and can't wait for Pre-Open Beta next month!

Joel S. Tan and Ceskypooh said...

See! There was another GE fan in the crowd with us! Haha. Seriously now, sayang, Ms. Janette, that we didn't get to chat with you. You were pretty busy kasi. Hope to chat with you tomorrow, if I can still make it to the second session. Sorry, PJ, but I might go home to the province kasi. Anyway, have fun, both of you. :)

Aileen said...

Nice meeting you at the iBlog3! :)

NineMoons Family said...

@ Aileen

likewise - and thanks for letting me win a shirt, too ^^

hopefully we can all meet up soon again. i had so much fun and am currently running around like a kid going "let's do that again!" lolz

joyfulchicken said...

Thanks for the link ~:>

NineMoons Family said...

@ joyfulchicken

it was certainly very nice to meet you at the summit.

and just fyi, i'm wondering, can i buy a copy of your shirt? ^^ lol

joyfulchicken said...

It depends on how much you're willing to pay, hehe :-P

I'm trying to find a print shop that offers better quality and/or lower price. I'll keep you posted.

yuga said...

Hey, nice meeting you at the iBlog3! :)

NineMoons Family said...

@ yuga

likewise ^^ said...

Hi Joel. Sorry about that. Hopefully, in one of the events organized by Abe and the gang, we'll get to catch up again soon.