Not the Anime Fest We Need in New York

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Earlier this year I have decided not to go to New York Comic Con. However, when I found out my friends’ panel will be at NYCC’s Anime Fest. I went there on Sunday. While Anime Fest was less crowded than what NYCC is known to be lacking in (I can account for the other days), even if you consider it “anime only” it was still lacking.

For starters, there were no booths for the big guns of anime such as Funimation and Viz, which would have made a statement that ReedPop was serious about anime convention in NY. Also, moving the Dragon Ball Super Broly to Pier 94 instead of Madison Square Garden would have shown the New York Otakus that they meant business. Have that panel thirty blocks away from Anime Fest is not a good play.

And when it comes to merchant section, it just seemed to be some spots who couldn’t get spots at NYCC. I read that those merchants didn’t sell much. Merchant goers are willing to spend an extra $25 just to see more sellers.

If Reed Pop wanted to bring back Anime Fest, they should make it its own event, not a phoned-in extension of a convention that is already maxed-out.

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Triforce Documentary: Full Movie (And I’m in it!)

So this week Great Big Story/CNN released the full version of their movie “TriForce: The Path to Gaming Glory”, which focuses on my friend Triforce from Empire Arcadia (the team I’m a part of), showing his struggles managing team full of world champion video game players.

And the best part: I make an appearance in this film!

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But seriously, I am glad to see Great Big Story cover my friend’s life story. I hope for nothing but the best for this guy.

ESL One New York Needs Fighting Games

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ESL has announced that ESL One will be coming back to New York this year at the Barclay Center. The first game announced is Counter Strike: Global Offensive, with more games to be announced later. If ESL is smart, they would throw some fighting games in this year’s run in New York. Continue reading