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Beijing to host first live esports event after outbreak


League of Legends World Championships group stage at Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2019. / VCG

League of Legends World Championships group stage at Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2019. / VCG

In another positive step towards normalcy, Beijing confirmed last week that it will host its first live esports events since the COVID-19 strike.

The announcement was made during the capital’s 162nd press conference on pandemic prevention and control.

The “E-sports Beijing 2020 Series Events”, to be held in August, will include the Honor of Kings World Champions Cup final on August 16 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing. An esports business conference will be held on August 24 at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia International Conference Center in Hainan.

Esports, defined as competitive and organized video games, were first recognized as a sport in 2003. Since then, they have exploded in China, quickly becoming the country’s main source of income in the sports industry. entertainment. As reported by China Daily, in 2017, the total box office for Chinese films was 55.9 billion yuan (about 8 billion US dollars), while the country’s esports market was valued at 77 billion yuan.

The team lines up for the League of Legends Mid-Season Cup at LPL Arena, Shanghai, China on May 31, 2020. / VCG

The team lines up for the League of Legends Mid-Season Cup at LPL Arena, Shanghai, China on May 31, 2020. / VCG

Along with this rapid development, the reputation of esports has changed. The image of teary-eyed teens playing the night away in dismal internet bars is fading, replaced by college graduate students and dedicated esports training programs.

A 2019 list of officially recognized new professions published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, included the e-sports operator. It was a positive step towards changing the perceptions of many older people about eSports, and promised young people who saw eSports as a career option, to hope that their parents could support them.

“My background wasn’t that great. My specialty in high school was art,” a professional player told CGTN. “If I had continued to study at university, it would have been difficult for my parents.”

Yet the road to success is difficult. Only the elite make a name for themselves, and training can last from 12 to 14 hours a day. Aron, a head coach of the national games team, told CGTN: “A lot of players think they can make money as long as they play well. But on the road to success, they face many problems. We want them to treat it as a long term career so the industry can grow and develop as well. “

As e-sports in China grows stronger, the gaming community hopes that the upcoming Honor of Kings World Champions Cup final and related events in China this month will raise the country’s profile on the international sports scene. electronic.


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