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City vows eSports final will go ahead

SHANGHAI has pledged to go ahead with the final of a popular eSports competition late this year as it encourages more online, instead of offline, competitions amid the COVID-19 scare.

The cultural and entertainment industries are among the worst-hit after the outbreak of COVID-19. The city’s eSports fans were worried that Shanghai may drop its plans to host the finals of the 10th season of League of Legends World Championship, a global hit series.

Hundreds of eSports events and other competitions have been canceled due to fears over the virus.

“Shanghai will stick to its plan and do its best to host the final of the League of Legends World Championship S10,” Wang Yayuan, deputy minister of the publicity department of the Party’s Shanghai committee, told reporters.

“We are also planning to introduce another batch of high-level eSports international competitions in Shanghai.”

A date for the S10 has yet to be announced.

Wang said the city’s promise showed its determination to become the national and international eSports capital. Shanghai boasts over 80 percent of China’s eSports enterprises and clubs and over 40 percent of the country’s eSports competitions.

“Due to the virus, over 400 eSports competitions have been canceled in Shanghai. But we are not holding ourselves back from becoming the eSports capital,” Wang said.

He said online competitions would be encouraged instead of offline events under the current circumstances. Some of the city’s major competition organizers and eSports enterprises will also receive government subsidies. The authority will also speed application and approval procedures of eSports-related publications and productions to support the industry’s growth.


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