E marks the spot

Technology | Ivy Ong-Wood 4 Feb 2019

Recognition for cyber gaming, or eSports, has developed rapidly in recent years. Not only is it one of the official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games, but it is also well on the way to becoming an Olympic sport.

So it looks like Hong Kong's largest eSports complex has opened at just the right time.

The HK$30 million Cyber Game Arena eSports stadium at Macpherson Place in Mong Kok covers 25,000 square feet, including a ground floor and two-story basement. The main stage in the basement will be used for competitions for a maximum of 80 players.

Other facilities include a console and mobile area, VR, CGA store and e-cafe.

As befitting a gamer's heaven, everything is state-of-the-art - thanks to Samsung, which is the venue's key official gaming display sponsor.

The Korean company sponsored a collection of professional gaming LED monitors for the stadium - including a 220-inch extra-large LED display, two 197-inch and two 193-inch Samsung Smart LED signage on the main stage, allowing for an audience of 100.

All Samsung eSports monitors have a rapid one-milisecond response time so that, even in action-heavy game scenes, there would not be any latency such as stutter or image blur.

In addition, a Samsung Boss Room in the stadium provides gear for eSports competition, and is also equipped to become an eSports training facility for contestants.

A Samsung spokesman said, "eSports is a global craze and has become part of youth culture, and it has been developed very well in Korea and Taiwan. Samsung values the eSports industry. Apart from launching monitors that are designed for gaming and eSports purpose, we also invest and provide support.

"Through utilizing the leading role of Samsung in the market and supporting local large-scale eSports events, we will keep advocating the development of eSports in Hong Kong."

ivy.ong@singtaonewscorp.com

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