VANCOUVER, June 11, 2019 /CNW/ - Axion Ventures Inc. ("Axion" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: AXV; OTCQX: AXNVF) is pleased to announce that its True Axion Interactive ("TAI") joint venture released mobile video game, INVICTUS: Lost Soul ("Invictus"), was highlighted at a recent press day hosted by Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) in Singapore. The press day included over 40 video game media outlets in attendance from Southeast Asia and is a part of Apple's on-going promotion of their recently announced "Apple Arcade", a subscription based mobile game service, which is expected to launch this fall. Please see page 2 below for a list of recent media surrounding the Apple press event.
Invictus was one of three video games that Apple highlighted based on the game's innovative game mechanics and high-quality graphics.
"We are proud to have been invited into Apple's mobile game ecosystem as a highlighted developer in Southeast Asia," stated Todd Bonner, Chairman and CEO of Axion. "Being recognized by a mobile game leader and given access to their marketing capability will help define Invictus as a must-play game on the App Store and further expand the game's reach in Southeast Asia and beyond."
"Invictus is the first game developed with Axion Ventures through our TAI joint venture and we are pleased with the auspicious test results of Invictus. This example will encourage Thais to acquire the skills necessary to enter this lucrative and growing industry. We are committed to building SE Asia's first AAA video game studio together with Axion and catalyzing Thailand's ascension to the most significant video game development center in Asia," said Birathon Kasemsri, Chief Content & Media Officer & Executive Assistant to Chairman of The Executive Committee at True Corporation.
Invictus: Lost Soul Esports Tournament
TAI is also pleased to announce an inaugural Esports tournament (the "Tournament") showcasing Invictus played by up to 5000 players in Thailand. The Tournament is expected to commence in late July and be divided into the following phases:
Pre-Season | 256 Players | August 2019
- A warm-up phase to test the streaming and gameplay systems which will not be broadcasted
- A knock-out tournament where 1v1 gameplay footage will be submitted by the winners to the Tournament organizers
- Prize Pool: THB 110,000 (approximately US$3,500)
Season 1 | 1,024 Players | August – September 2019
- At the end of each day, three to five 1v1 matches will be selected to be broadcasted online
- A knock-out qualifier's tournament where the top 32 players will advance to the Season 1 Finals
- Prize Pool: THB 320,000 (approximately US$10,200)
Pro League | 1,024 Players | September – October 2019
- Players compete in knock-out qualifier matches, after which the top 32 players will advance to a round-robin finals tournament where each player plays every other player
- Each 1v1 match earns the winner 1 point
- At 6pm local time, 5 of the best matches from the day will be broadcasted online
- Prize Pool: THB 320,000 (approximately US$10,200)
INVICTUS Thailand Championship | 2,048 Players | October 2019
- Players compete in knock-out qualifier matches, and the top 32 players will advance to the finals
- The finals will feature offline knock-out matches held in late October
- Prize Pool: THB 1,000,000 (approximately US$32,000)
More About Invictus
Invictus is the first AAA-quality, Esports-focused mobile game created in Thailand and developed by TAI. During its opening weekend, Invictus ranked No. 1 under both the "Action Games" and "Card Games" categories, and ranked No. 3 overall under the "Free Games" category on the App Store in Thailand. For Google Play, Invictus ranked No. 8 under the "Free Games" category.
Apple Press Event Links (links will take you to third party websites):
Axion is a video game company with majority ownership in Axion Games, an online video game development and publishing company headquartered in Shanghai, China as well as in True Axion Interactive Ltd., its video game development company headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand cofounded with True Corporation.
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