Successful Global E-sports Festival “Epic Festival 2021” by Epic Seven… 2021-06-01
■ Hosting a large scale e-sports festival to bring global users together and establish Epic Seven as a global hit IP
■ A user-friendly festival beyond direct participation from users in various programs and making improvements to the gameplay environment
[2021-0601] Global hit mobile RPG "Epic Seven" serviced by Smilegate Megaport (CEO Jang In-ah) and developed by Super Creative (Co-CEO Kim Hyung-seok and Kang Ki-hyun) has successfully completed the global e-sports festival "Epic Festival 2021" for Epic Seven fans around the world.
The global e-sports competition "Epic Seven World Arena Championship" (E7WC) implemented programs in which viewers could directly participate to become the focus of the festival. In addition, it established itself as a global user festival beyond simple e-sports competitions by announcing large-scale gameplay environment improvements and conducting a real-time update.
The fans were very enthusiastic. The festival was held online in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and was broadcasted live on Epic Seven's official YouTube and Twitch channel. After qualifying matches on April 18th and the following 3 matches on April 25th, May 9th, and May 30th, the cumulative number of views exceeded 50,000 views. In particular, the number of simultaneous viewers for the final on May 30th recorded a whopping 30,000 viewers compared to that of the previous match, showing an increase in interest as the games proceeded. Smilegate Megaport provided commentary support in three languages: Korean, English, and Chinese (Traditional) for global broadcasting and organized the event to work around the time zone difference in North America and Asia for a more pleasurable viewing experience.
The festival's main program, "E7WC," is the first global e-sports competition to be held since Epic Seven’s official launch. With a total prize money of $50,000, participants were recruited from a total of four regions: ▲Korea, ▲Asia, ▲Europe, and ▲Global who then progressed through a long two-month preliminary stage starting in April. Epic Seven’s real-time PVP (user-to-user) competition to determine the strongest player in "World Arena," was won by Epic7#i49t3a, a user from the Asia server.
Various participation programs carried out so that viewers could participate and make memories were also well received. In particular, the real-time quiz show “Epic Live”, the first of its kind in Korean mobile gaming, received high participation. The prize of 77,777 sky stones used as currency in the game was awarded in correlation to the number of correct answers from a total of 10 questions. Smilegate Megaport showed flexibility in increasing the amount of total prize sky stones in relation to the number of perfect scorers. In addition to the quiz, programs such as the "win prediction event" and the lucky draw event was carried out for live viewers.
Meanwhile, Smilegate Megaport released a video showcasing a road map for future updates on improving the gameplay environment and completed a real-time large-scale update on May 27th as the finale to the festival. The plan for future updates is based on user feedback and consists of three major categories: ▲Hero Acquisition Improvement, ▲Hero Growth Improvement, and ▲Content Improvement. A new system called "Moonlight's Relationship," allowing users to acquire and use “Moonlight Heroes” with less difficulty and updates to lessen the burden of users nurturing their heroes has received positive feedback.
Kwon Ik-hoon, director of Smilegate Megaport, said "The festival is designed for Epic Seven fans around the world to provide an online platform to come together and communicate on a common topic during COVID-19." "I hope you made a lot of fun and happy memories during the festival," he said. "Having started off on the right foot, we plan to further expand the scale of our user-friendly Epic Seven festivals”.
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