Lifestyle: Singapore Sports Hub strengthens commitment to eSports
Singapore Sports Hub has officially opened EXP – Singapore’s largest Esports Experience Centre by Esports Entertainment Asia (EEA) Pte Ltd. Together with our ongoing partnership with Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA), this will position Singapore Sports Hub as a focal point of the esports ecosystem in Singapore.
EXP, opened on 8th July by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law, Edwin Tong, will bring esports experience to a new level. Located at the Kallang Wave Mall and spanning 12,000 square feet, EXP houses a comprehensive esports ecosystem under one roof. It features an integrated live-streaming-ready esports event space, pro-esports team rooms, esports cafe, luma/chroma rooms, open-concept LAN Gaming area as well as “prosumer” areas with the latest in content-creation technologies. It also offers a comprehensive display of sound and video equipment, gaming laptops and consoles, as well as the latest gaming accessories and gadgets from top brands in the industry.
This new facility complements Singapore Sports Hub’s partnership with SCOGA which supports a host of esports programmes focused on the community, outreach, education and elite training, along with industry and pathway development. SCOGA programmes and activities supported by Singapore Sports Hub have included M2 World Championship community viewing party, Campus Legends and Campus Games Fest, the largest festival of Gaming, Arts, Media, and Edutainment for youths in Singapore.
“Esports has been growing in popularity, with exponential growth in the past year as many had turned to esports as a source of entertainment during the pandemic,” says Dennis Ooi, President of SCOGA. “Through this partnership with Singapore Sports Hub, we hope to strengthen the local esports industry by providing an environment where esports enthusiasts can hone their skills and capabilities, and most importantly, chase their esports dreams.”
Reinforcing a similar vision, Singapore Sports Hub Chief Executive Officer, Lionel Yeo, states, “We are committed to cultivating esports in Singapore as a healthy, positive sporting and entertainment activity for Singapore youths, and our partnership with SCOGA reaffirms this.”
Mr Yeo added, “We are also excited to welcome EXP as a new public offering which will provide a focal point for esports enthusiasts, pro-gamers and brands to come together.”
Singapore Sports Hub has hosted several local and international esports activities and competitions over the years. This includes Hyperplay, an ASEAN esports and music festival organised by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth in 2018. A year later, Singapore Sports Hub hosted ONE Esports’ Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational – the largest Dota 2 tournament in the region – which featured the top 12 teams from around the world.
As interest and attention continues to build for the esports industry, Singapore Sports Hub looks forward to introducing more of such projects and collaborations that will power and elevate the local esports industry.
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