As Hong Kong gears up to host the second ICBC (Asia) e-Sports & Music Festival Hong Kong in August, we talk to local e-gamers about their love for the sport and what the festival means for e-sports in Hong Kong.
No longer confined to teenage bedrooms or video arcades, e-gaming has truly arrived as an international sport. Numerous tournaments are held globally throughout the year, the bigger of which attract hundreds of thousands of spectators; with August’s second ICBC (Asia) e-Sports & Music Festival Hong Kong, Hong Kong seals its position as an e-sports hub. The two-day extravaganza pitches some of the world’s best e-gaming teams against each other in front of a live audience – around 100,000 people are expected to attend over the two days. The tournament stars Hong Kong PUBG World Invitational, Zotac Cup Masters CS:GO and Return of the Legends 2018, all highly competitive games that require tremendous mental stamina and dexterity.
For Alan Tsoi (player name NuL) it was only a matter of time before e-sports occupied a bigger role in public life. A professional competitor turned coach and the co-founder of Game Dimension, which promotes e-sports culture, Alan is a passionate ambassador for the industry in Hong Kong.