New esports venue opens in Shanghai

A new esports arena has opened in a shopping mall in the Putuo District in Shanghai, China.

The ESP ESports Experience Center covers 36,000m2 in Putuo’s Changfeng business district and hosts a professional esports arena, space for animations and movies.

The new esports arena will be the main host for the top-level Honor of Kings competition, the most popular multiplayer mobile game in China.

The East China regional competition of the King Pro League is also expected be held in the venue, which will host over 350 games a year.

Putuo has made esports one of its key industries, according to the district’s culture and tourism bureau. The aim is for the area to become a global esports capital.

Several key esports venues have been developed in downtown Putuo, including the IMBA esports center at Global Harbor Mall, the biggest downtown shopping mall and an esports Internet bar at Huxi Worker’s Cultural Palace.