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Indonesia to host battle of esports

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Indonesia to host battle of e-sports

Nineteen local e-sports champions who have secured their spots in the grand finals of the 2020 Esports President’s Cup, which will be held at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE) center in BSD City, South Tangerang, on Saturday and Sunday, will meet 39 Southeast Asian opponents from countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Chief organizer Giring Ganesha said this would be the final battle between the best Indonesian online gamers and their regional opponents. He expected a tight competition.

“We expect the best for our online gamers. Hopefully, they will not only be able to hone their skills but also bring home prizes,” the former Nidji music group vocalist told journalists at a press event on Thursday.

The competition offers prizes totaling Rp 1.6 billion (about US$ 117,000). Players will compete in online games Free Fire and Pro Evolution Soccer.

Besides the grand finals, the competition will host 32 online gamers who will compete as “casual” players. The event will also showcase the latest innovations from the local online gaming industry.

This is the second year of the Esports President’s Cup, thanks to the Presidential Staff Office and the massive support shown by the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Communication and Information Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.

Presidential chief of staff Gen Moeldoko had earlier said that the tournament showed the government’s effort to support the development of the country’s online gaming industry.

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