USD 710M NetEase Esports Park planned in Shanghai

Posted on: Aug 09, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

The game publisher and exclusive Chinese distributor of Blizzard Entertainment games, NetEase, has announced that it plans to invest over USD 710M to build the NetEase Esports Park in the Shanghai Qingpu district. 

NetEase will build China’s first “class-A venue” in the park, at a minimum of 50k square meters and 5,000 seats. This follows the Shanghai government’s new classification and set of standards for esports venues.

The plan was announced at the 2019 Global Esports Conference in Shanghai, held by the Shanghai government. Multiple esports projects will be hosted in the park related to product design, venue, teams development, talent construction, and user experiences.

As well as being a distributor of Blizzard titles, NetEase owns the Shanghai Dragons, an Overwatch team which represents Shanghai in the OverwatchLeague (OWL). In July, Activision Blizzard announced that every OverwatchLeague team would host at least two homestand events next year, in place of the original home-away plan.  It is very likely that NetEase’s esports park will be used for the Shanghai Dragons’ homestand events, and will potentially become the team’s permanent home venue in 2021.

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