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Beijing wants to become "the gaming capital" of the world by 2035

Published: 11:06, 10 April 2020
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Esports has seen a significant growth in China
Esports has seen a significant growth in China

Beijing government has announced a 15-year plan to become the "gaming capital" of the world by 2035, Niko Partners' Daniel Ahmad reports. Beijing wants to grow the esports industry by hosting international gaming and esports events.

Earlier this year, Beijing announced plans to hold major esports events to help the industry in China recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and it looks like they are stepping up with their plans. Beijing government has announced a detailed, 15-year plan to become the biggest gaming city in the world by 2035. 

Niko Partners' Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad reports that the Beijing government want to put the "gaming capital" of the world label on the city and become the place for research and development of high-quality, AAA games among other things.

Beijing government plans a series of events that will include the Honor of Kings Championship, QQ Speed National Final and more. Hosting international events and exhibitions is also considered as well as esports innovation and development conferences and esports events to help grow the industry even further.

These plans do seem pretty serious and big and we wonder if Beijing will manage to attract the biggest talents from western companies. Tencent, the world's largest video game company confirmed earlier that they will help Beijing's government on the project and it will be interesting to see if Tencent's biggest partners in the west will also jump in on the project.

Beijing's biggest rival in the race to become the gaming capital of the world will be Shangai, a city that already has a competitive advantage when it comes to esports competitions.

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