We witnessed history at play this weekend at Hyperplay, the first-ever ASEAN esports & music festival at Singapore Indoor Stadium August 4–5.
The combo of esports excitement and live music festival was the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, making so many memorable moments. Whether you were there in person or watching on MTV or via the livestream, join us in reliving the highlights of Hyperplay!
Semi-final 1: Malaysia vs Philippines nail-biter
Team Philippines won the first game against their Team Malaysia foes, but in the end the dynamic brute force of Team Malaysia propelled them to victory in the final two games for a 2–1 win in the best of three.
Semi-final 2: Vietnam thwarting Singapore's spirited comeback attempt
In what was the day's most undisputedly intense battle, Team Vietnam used some remarkable strategies to turn the tide against a strong rally by a resurgent Team Singapore, who dominated game 2 but couldn't quite finish off their opponent.
New tunes from The Sam Willows
Complete with an army of dancers, Singapore's pop favourites stoked the excitement with an energetic and emotional set that featured the best songs from their new album I Know, But Where. The emotions of 'Robot' soared in the stadium, and 'Take Heart' made for an incredibly fun set closer.
CL kicking ass
CL's headlining set was less a stern reminder of her talent than it was a shocking jolt to the senses – she is The Baddest Female, and she didn't need to prove it to the thousands of fans who were screaming her name even before she took the stage.
Slot Machine's live power
Kicking off day 2 was the highly charged rock 'n roll of Slot Machine, who performed a mix of their classic Thai anthems with newer English-language tunes. Their hard-hitting set proved there was no barrier to the universal language of rock.
Afgan charms the crowd
Right after, the Indonesian pop heartthrob Afgan arrived to the delight (and screams) of the crowd, quelling any pre-game tension by locking eyes with the enchanted audience, serenading them into the evening. If Slot Machine gave fans a reason to headbang, Afgan made them swoon.
Alessia Cara's Singapore debut
Alessia Cara is beloved for many reasons, and her ability to connect to a diverse crowd is one of them. With her heart-on-sleeve anthems and emotive vocals, the rising star brought the entire stadium along on a journey that they're still reeling from.
The sheer charm of Nick Jonas
Oh, did they scream. The American heartthrob blew the roof off with his manly magnetism, and the crowd ate it all up. Singing some of his most beloved hits – while giving fans a sneak into what's next – the singer and actor gave fans more reasons to love him.
One of the coolest and cutest bits of esport events? The cosplayers! There were intricate and colourful costumes aplenty, especially those worn by cosplay celebrities who flew in for specifically for Hyperplay. Fans patiently queued up to get a quick picture with the quirky characters come alive.
Esports newbies being 'converted'
Just like the greatest sports, watching the League of Legends esports matches was exhilarating in a live environment. Newbies galore got into the action as the day progressed, thanks to the exciting gameplay, enthusiastic shoutcasting, vibrant graphics and pounding sound.
A history-making mix of gamers and music fans brought these two worlds together in the best way – like how CL fans, who showed up early to get a spot close to the stage, ended up enraptured in Hyperplay's League of Legends excitement along the way.
Grand Finals: Malaysia upsets Vietnam in a shocker
In the final esports matchup, Team Malaysia delivered a stunning performance against a talented Team Vietnam in a riveting match – a true showcase of sportsmanship that embodied what esports and Hyperplay are all about. The best-of-three series finished 2–0 for Malaysia, making them the very first Hyperplay Champions!