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Office staff eSports contest kicks off

An amateur eSports contest among companies in the Pudong New Area kicked off at Shanghai Tower yesterday, with strict pandemic control measures in place and aimed at boosting trade.

The inaugural 632 eSports Carnival has attracted 18 teams, mostly from companies in the local Lujiazui area.

Knockout matches started yesterday and nine teams are scheduled to enter the semi-finals. Players are required to fight according to “Honor of Kings,” an online game hugely popular in China.

It will run through August 13 on the B2 floor of Shanghai Tower, allowing passers-by to catch the players’ vibes.

As most players are local office workers, the contest is held during lunch break, from 12pm to 1:30pm. Professional judges and commentators are on hand. The champion team will be awarded 6,320 yuan (US$977.7) in cash.

The contest is held by Shanghai Tower and supported by the Shanghai eSports Association.

“It provides a new platform for local office workers to make friends and have fun,” said Gu Jianping, general manager of Shanghai Tower.

“Esports will become an official medal event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou in 2022, and it is expected to be included in the Olympics in the near future. Shanghai Tower hopes to support the country’s eSports development,” Gu said.

Zhu Qinqin, secretary general of Shanghai eSports Association, said the city now leads the country’s eSports development, and can rival Seoul, Los Angeles and Seattle.


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