Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan team gears up against China for final gaming showdown at e-sports festival

Local gamer Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, part of Team Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau, set to battle for crown with HK$300,000 cash prize

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 August, 2017, 10:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 August, 2017, 1:16pm

The last day of Hong Kong’s first e-sports festival will see professional gamers from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan battle Team China in a clash to be crowned kings of popular real-time strategy game League of Legends.

The honour comes with a HK$300,000 cash prize, and a full house is expected at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom for the finale at 7pm on Sunday – the culmination of a three-day gaming feast.

Team Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau has already secured a spot in the final showdown by triumphing over Team Europe 2:1 after a fierce battle stretching over more than three hours on Friday morning.

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Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, commonly known by his gaming name Toyz, is the only Hongkonger in the competition. He is taking part alongside four other players on Team Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau. There is no dedicated Hong Kong team.

On Sunday morning, Team China beat Team North America to set up the final showdown.

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Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman Peter Lam Kin-ngok is due to present the top prize to the winners on Sunday night.

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Besides the fierce competition, visitors to the event are invited to take a tour of a festival zone set up outside the coliseum, where they can try out the latest e-sports and virtual reality products, catch a showdown between local gamers, take photos with cosplayers and savour local snacks.

Organised by the Tourism Board with HK$35 million in funding from the government, the event was expected to draw 50,000 visitors, including 10 per cent from overseas. About 10 million viewers around the world were expected to watch the tournament online, according to Mason Hung Chung-hing, general manager of events and product development at the board.

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He expected the festival to highlight Hong Kong as a destination that welcomes young people and to propel the city’s tourism industry.