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Hangzhou takes wraps off esports town

The Chinese city of Hangzhou has opened an esports town as part of ongoing efforts to engage with the sector ahead of the 2022 Asian Games.

The Esports Observer website said the 3.94m sq. ft. space, operated by the Hangzhou government, has been developed at a cost of around CNY2bn (€253.5m/$287.9m). One of the first facilities to open is a new arena for Chinese esports organisation LGD Gaming.

Esports entertainment company Allied Esports has developed the venue having previously opened similar facilities in Tianjin, Shenzhen and Beijing.

Hangzhou is said to be seeking to develop 14 esports facilities before 2022. It plans to spend up to CNY15.45bn on the project, which will include an esports academy, esports-themed hotel, theme park, a business centre and a hospital designed for esports players.

Hangzhou is due to host multi-sport showpiece the Asian Games in 2022. Esports is expected to receive full medal status for the Games after being included as a demonstration event at this year’s Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.