CONQuest 2023 levels up convention with 50-man guest roster, multi-themed events
By Ernest Martin Tuazon
Living up to the expectations made by fans after CONQuest 2022, AcadArena looks to kick it up a notch in a three-day affair starring internationally-renowned guests and events from fans across different hobbies and esport titles happening on June 2 to 4.
Slowly growing from a gaming convention in Iloilo last 2019 to holding the fourth iteration at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay last year, CONQuest 2023 is set to become a multi-venue event with feature five different locations around SMX; Conrad Manila, SM Mall of Asia (MOA), Seashell Lane, and National University MOA, respectively.
With last year’s CONQuest headlined by 100 Thieves Valorant streamer Kyedae and Offline TV (OTV) members LilyPichu and Michael Reeves, the 2023 lineup of internet and esport celebrities is bigger than ever before.
Valkyrae, Pokimane headline talents in CQ23
Headlining CONQuest 2023 is 100 Thieves co-owner, variety streamer, and proud Filipina, Valkyrae, along with world-renowned streamer and OTV member Pokimane, will grace this year’s festivities along with 48 other talents.
LilyPichu and Michael Reeves, alongsideFilipino voice actors Anne Yatco and Ratana of Genshin Impact will make a return to the convention following their attendance last year.
Kyedae was initially set to come back to the Philippines, but she took a step back from this year’s convention to focus on her cancer treatment against acute myeloid leukemia.
Other big names that will come to Manila in June are YouTube streaming giant Sykkuno, 100 Thieves streamer Fuslie, TikTok sensation Newt, and Twitch streamer AriaSaki.
A surprise addition to this year’s lineup is Korean indie rock band The Rose, who is set to headline the convention’s first-ever Music Night on June 3, Saturday.
Meanwhile, Fil-Aussie celebrity and singer James Reid, Mobile Legends Professional League world champions ECHO PH, and streamers such as Razzie Binx, Maggiekarp, and Krisrey will banner the Philippine flag to lead this year’s local talents.
Activities and events for fans from all walks of life
From gaming, music, food, technology, and art, CONQuest 2023 is set to deliver a whole range of events and activities for all types of attendees.
For tech-savvies and aspiring game developers, this year’s Expo Floor will feature a variety of projects, gadgets, games, and esport titles set to be seen across the venue throughout the entirety of the event.
The first-ever edition of the Music Night will not only feature The Rose and James Reid, but local indie OPM artists such as Autotelic and Oh, Flamingo! will serenade this year’s crowd.
Convention-goers can also expect a variety of food and drinks in CONQuest’s Food Festival set to be held at the Seashell Lane.
Fans across the aforementioned lineup of star-studded talents can avail meet and greet passes to meet their idols up close and personal, while they can also listen and interact with them through the community panels and workshops.
Teletigers look to continue dominance in AllG League playoffs
CONQuest 2023 will feature the playoff stage of the Alliance Games, where university esport organizations across the country look to tower upon the competition across Valorant, Mobile Legends, Call of Duty: Mobile, and League of Legends, respectively.
The League of Legends team of the Teletiger Esports Club (TGR) looks to reinforce their might in the playoffs after sweeping their matches in the group stage.
TGR ended the group stage with the first seed and as a result, they earned a bye as they now await the winner between Ateneo’s LG Hydra and University of St. La Salle — Bacolod’s Retikano Esports.
With less than two weeks left before the fifth iteration of the convention, Thomasians can still buy their daily passes between Friday and Sunday, three-day passes, and premium passes, respectively.