TAIWAN TO HOST 10TH EDITION OF THE ESPORTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Monday, 2 April, the city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and the International eSports Federation (IeSF) signed a partnership to host the 10th edition of the Esports World Championships (EWC) later in November. EWC will be held on 9 through 11 November 2018 at Kaohsiung Arena. Over 1,000 professional gamers are expected to attend the event and compete.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, Chinese Taipei eSports Association (CTeSA) Director Cheng Pao-ching, and IeSF board member Colin Webster all participated as signatories.
The city has already hosted a mainstream sports event, having held the 2009 World Games. According to Chen, the Kaohsiung is well-prepared to welcome another event of an equal scale.
The shift towards eSports is not coincidental. With mounting viewership across the region, electronic sports will also enter the Asian Games in 2018 and 2022. It is likely that eSports will also participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris despite mild opposition from outliers.
The future event will contribute towards the eSports infrastructure Taiwan is trying to develop.
The previous edition of EWC was held in Busan South Korea, featuring three competitive titles, including the mainstream League of Legends (LoL) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), and Tekken 7. Tekken 7 has been chosen as an official title of the upcoming event as well.