Respected Hong Kong academic institution Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) released a survey report on Thursday that showed overwhelming support for the development of esports in Hong Kong. Around 1,500 respondents and 2,100 Hong Kong secondary and university students participated in this survey via telephone and questionnaire.
The report shows that more than 72% of respondents supported esports development in the city. Meanwhile, 28% of respondents did not know that esports had become a demonstration sport at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, and 19% of respondents did not know that esports has become an official medal sport at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, according to South China Morning Post.
The survey report was led by Chung Pak-kwong, associate dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at HKBU, and also backed by Hong Kong celebrity Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, the chairman of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation.
In this report, Pak-Kwong called on the Hong Kong government to put more funding into esports development. He also pointed out that multiple cities from mainland China have shown their ambitions to become the world’s esports center, including Shenzhen, the city that faces Hong Kong across the Shenzhen River.
In China, as one of Tier 1 Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen) Shenzhen has been considered the Chinese equivalent of “Silicon Valley.” The city is the home of multiple Chinese high-tech companies, including Huawei, Vanke, and Tencent. On May 21, Tencent’s independent game publisher Riot Games announced that the 2021 League of Legends World Championship will be hosted in Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Nov. 6. The stadium also hosted the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup (KCC) in 2019.
“The government should seize the opportunity to formulate a policy for the development of esports in Hong Kong, and deploy more resources to the upgrading of hardware as well as encouraging educational institutions to offer academic programs related to the industry to cultivate esports professionals,” Pak-Kwong said.
Compared with Shenzhen and many other mainland China cities, Hong Kong has the advantage in higher education with four universities ranked in the Top 50 of the QS World University Rankings 2021 (The University of Hong Kong at No. 22, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology at No. 27, the Chinese University of Hong Kong at No. 43, and the City University of Hong Kong at No. 48).
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