Level Up! Live 2009 live blog and social media coverage

Yup, it’s that time of the year again: Level Up! Live!

Thousands of Filipino gamers will converge again at the World Trade Center for the biggest online gaming event in the Philippines. And of course the Multimedia team and I will be there to once more to live blog and live-stream the event.

Check out our new live blog page at http://liveblog.levelupgames.ph

Here’s a screenshot from the Level Up! Flickr page.

Level Up! Live 2009 Live Blog and Live Video Stream

Not only, but we’re also going to providing social media coverage of LU! Live 2009 — and you can be part of it! 🙂

If you’re on Twitter, please place the hashtag #live2009 on all your LU! Live 2009-related tweets. For instance, maybe you want to plug your guild’s booth at LU! City.

You may also add the tag LIVE2009 on your blog posts, photos (for instance, if you’re uploading LU! Live 2009-related pictures to your Flickr accounts), and videos to share your Level Up! Live 2009-related content and make it easier for other Internet users to find them. We’ll also be able to send more people to your site because we’ll be showcasing posts with the LIVE2009 tag during the LU! Live 2009 live blog and on the Level Up! Portal after the event.

For more details, check out my Level Up! blog post.

See you at the World Trade Center on Nov. 7 and 8!

United we play: Level Up! LIVE 2009 and the Filipino online gamer

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

For Filipino online gamers, all roads lead to the World Trade Center in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City every year. This is the venue of the biggest online gaming event in the Philippines, Level Up! LIVE, which this year will be held from Nov. 7-8.

As I blogged last year, LU! LIVE is the country’s premiere online gaming event, offline and online. I’m not just saying that because I joined Level Up! last year as their multimedia head–people in the Philippines have known this for years, and the numbers speak for themselves. Last year, LU! LIVE had over 20,000 attendees at the actual event, while online we had over 12,000 unique readers following the action via the live blog, and 55,000 viewers from 27 countries watching the live video stream.

Read the full story.

What will Zeph Espino a.k.a. Cora Girl wear at Level Up! LIVE 2009?

The Level Up! LIVE 2009 teaser site is online, and it’s time again to show people what a world-class Philippine online gaming event is really like. Mark it on your calendar: Nov. 7-8, World Trade Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

This is what Zeph Espino a.k.a. Cora Girl wore during last year’s Level Up! LIVE when she won the award for best female cosplayer.

Cora Cosplayer Zeph Espino at Level Up! LIVE 2008

Wonder what Zeph will wear this year?

My new online home

I know, I haven’t been doing any personal blogging in a while, what with my Level Up! blog Play to Win, my CNET Asia blog Babelmachine, and all the cool stuff the Level Up! Multimedia team has been doing.

It would be too ironic, however, for someone who’s deeply into multimedia and the digital lifestyle not to have an online home of his own, so here you go, it’s the brand-spanking new JoeyAlarilla.com 🙂

As I said, we’ve been very busy here at Level Up! We just finished holding another groundbreaking project last week, the Reliving LIVE: The LIVE 2008 Experience online show, and you can read about it by going to my CNET Asia blog. Here’s an excerpt from that post:

I’m fond of saying that while content may be king, context is queen. You have to understand your online audience, and tailor your content and services to their taste. You have to give your community a stake in your service, particularly by showcasing the content they have generated. And you have to remember that if you have an existing online community, you have employees or members who have already become online celebrities.

For instance, in our case, we have community managers and brand managers whom players already look up to, because they’re gamers themselves, interact with the community on a daily basis, and have built trust over the years.

They have more online cred/gaming cred than a real-world celebrity whom you might invest in just to endorse your brand, but who knows nothing about your content and service, and who hasn’t built that kind of rapport with your audience. As the YouTube generation knows, the best online content doesn’t necessarily come from the giants in mainstream media, but from ordinary users and online celebrities.

I’ll soon be able to talk about another new project, so stay tuned.

By the way, a big shout out to Kiven for helping me with the domain and hosting.

Anyway, hope you’ll keep visiting JoeyAlarilla.com. Make yourself at home 🙂