Ready player one? Hong Kong bets on esports

The Hong Kong government hopes esports can be a tourism draw, starting with the ICBC (Asia) esports and Music Festival this weekend. We look at the prospects for success.

A still from a promotional video for the ICBC (Asia) esports and Music Festival.

Hong Kong is hosting the ICBC Asia esports and Music Festival, its first major esports event, starting today at the Central Harbourfront. The organiser, Hong Kong Tourism Board, is pulling out all the stops, with  a League of Legends tournament and a performance by K-pop band Super Junior, although critics have panned the HK$35 million investment in the event.

While it's yet to be known whether the festival is worth the price tag,...

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