Fair plays it smart amid unrest

Local | Lauren Lau 14 Aug 2019

Hugely discounted tech products priced at HK$999 and e-sports games will help attract visitors to a computer fair at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, its organizer said.

Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival and E Sports Festival will be held from August 23 to 26. The entrance fee is HK$30, a HK$5 increase after seven years of no fee rise.

There will be over 200 booths featuring products for gaming, photography, computer gadgets and more.

The first 100 visitors every day get a free wireless mouse.

To encourage spending, the organizer has prepared lucky draws and discounted products for guests who spend HK$200 and more.

A 360-degree 3D camera, a 4K laptop and face-tracking photography devices will debut at the festival.

Its organizer remained unfazed by the recent unrest, and is confident that the turnout would remain similar to last year - around 800,000 - while turnover would be HK$300 million.

"We have faced many challenges before, like SARS, a typhoon signal number 10 and more. We are not worried about the social movement affecting the festival," said Jacky Cheung Yiu-Sing, founding president of The Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry.

Ryan Chow Kai-hong, founder of Cybergames Arena and an organizer of the festival, said they wanted to focus on local gamers this year.

E-sport finalists will compete and social media personalities and celebrities will perform and meet fans.

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