The local government of Hangzhou town, arguably the most scenic of all tourist attractions in China and the venue of the next Asian Games in 2022, has built a big esports complex to stake claim for being the esports capital of the world. The town, known for picturesque lakes and ancient temples, now also boasts of the 3.94–million-square-feet complex that is estimated to It cost ¥2 billion RMB ($280 million).
Top gaming companies have already taken note of the development. LGD Gaming, a Chinese esports organisation that manages several successful teams, and Allied Gaming, which runs a network of esports, have opened a joint office and esports venue in the complex. LGD’s League of Legends team will also be based in the complex.
According to an article on the government-run website People.cn, the city expects the complex to attract more than 10,000 aspiring esports professionals and ¥1 billion RMB ($140 million) in tax revenues, Esports Observer reports. Hangzhou said it plans to build 14 esports facilities before 2022 and will invest up to ¥15.45 billion RMB ($2.22 billion) to do so. These new projects will include a theme park, an esports academy, an esports-themed hotel, and even a hospital specialising in treating players.
This is the first of its kind complex in China. There are some more similar ventures in the pipeline. Chinese company Tencent, the largest video-game company in the world, is constructing a facility in Wuhu. Another company, Taicang, is also planning to build an esports facility.