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An Esports Town is Being Built in China

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 16 May 2017
There’s a solar-powered Tesla Town being developed in Australia, a self-driving car city being created in South Korea and a VR Town in China. Now there’s a town being dedicated entirely to esports being developed in China.

Tencent, the country’s largest online game developer, has signed a framework agreement with the local government of Wuhu, located in east China. According to Mashable, “the planned esports town will have an esports theme park, esports university, cultural and creative park, animation industrial park, a creative neighborhood, a Tencent technology entrepreneurship community, and even a Tencent cloud data center.”

Tencent is also known for its messaging services, WeChat and QQ. The company will bring QQJOY, a convention for QQ’s mobile games, and QGC, a mobile gaming competition, to Wuhu. More than 47 percent of Tencent’s revenue in 2016 came from games, with the company’s gaming revenue posting revenues of nearly $10.2 billion.

The gaming market is huge in China. Approximately 500 million people in the nation play video games with 145 million playing more than one hour per day, according to a 2014 estimate by market research firm Eedar.

Esports continues its massive growth and Tencent is positioning itself at the forefront of the industry in China. Esports will even be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games.