Hong Kong builds esports ambitions with new complex

Cyber Games Arena (CGA) has outlined its expansion plans after opening what is claimed to be Asia’s largest esports complex in Hong Kong.

The esports and entertainment company has launched the HK$30m (£2.9m/€3.3m/$3.8m) complex, which spans 25,000 square feet, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. The two-floor building comprises training facilities, a competition arena for a maximum of 80 gamers, television broadcasting facilities, online streaming platforms and a retail area. It is expected to attract 1.2 million visitors and hold more than 100 local and international esports competitions annually.

Ryan Chow, chief executive of CGA, told the South China Morning Post newspaper: “Our vision is to connect gamers from all over the world and expand our presence to other regions in Asia, such as Vietnam and Thailand. We hope to provide impetus and momentum for the esports industry to thrive.

“Through this arena we hope to showcase to Hongkongers that esports can actually churn out a lifelong lucrative career for young enthusiasts, even though they may not be good at school.”

The Post said CGA’s complex represents the latest push to make Hong Kong a regional hub for esports. The government has assigned HK$100m to the Cyberport venture, which includes building a HK$50m competition venue and developing talent for start-ups.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said the government will continue to support esports. She added: “Apart from subsidies, we will also improve the business environment and remove red tape.

“The Innovation and Technology Bureau, the Home Affairs Bureau and other departments are working together to solve problems related to esports venues – a new guideline will be issued soon to help the esports industry.”