Hong Kong e-sports festival ticket sales on hold as organisers look for new venue

Weather blamed for switch to indoor location for event originally scheduled for August 4 to 6

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 June, 2017, 10:24pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 June, 2017, 10:47pm

With tickets due to go on sale ­on Monday, the city’s first e-sports and music festival has run into trouble right from the start and is looking for a new venue.

The Tourism Board blamed the summer heat for scrapping the outdoor location at Central harbourfront, adding talks were being held with the ­operator of an indoor venue.

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It did not say whether the size and pricing of the three-day event, originally scheduled from August 4 to 6, would be affected.

The moveon Sunday put the brakes on ticket sales, which would have started at 10am Monday.

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A board spokeswoman said an indoor venue only became available “very recently”, leading to the sudden decision.

“We have been exploring different venues. As you know, event spaces in Hong Kong are usually fully booked,” she said.

It’s definitely more comfortable to organise this at an indoor area
Tourism Board spokeswoman

“The summer weather in Hong Kong tends to be very hot and humid. I think it’s definitely more comfortable to organise this at an indoor area.”

Further details and new ticketing information would be ­announced as soon as possible, the board said, adding it was sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Receiving a HK$35 million subsidy, the event was part of government celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty.

It was also an attempt to rein in younger visitors with spending power, following a 4.5 per cent fall in tourist arrivals last year.

Former champions of a popular video game, League of Legends, from around the world were expected to take part in an invitational event. Tickets would cost between HK$150 and HK$480.

K-pop fans were also in for a treat, with celebrities, including boy group Shinee, due to perform at a show on August 5.