The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (SKMCST) has announced that a first-ever esports tournament between China, Japan, and South Korea would be taking place this year. The event will take place in Seoul and is scheduled to occur during November. However, due to Coronavirus concerns, the event will be held online and without a live audience.
Said a spokesperson from SKMCST in the announcement, “We can confirm that we will have the tournament in November, but considering the pandemic situation, we are also considering [hosting] the tournament online.”
Based on the announcement, the tournament is set to feature four esports titles across PC, mobile, and other esports categories. The gaming titles have not been confirmed as of yet, but the SKMCST indicated that the games would be co-selected by China, Japan, and South Korea.
Considering the geographic location of the tournament, it is only fair that the event will feature national teams from China, Japan, and South Korea.
SKMCST also indicated that after hosting this three-state esports national tournament, the organization would likely expand to other parts of Asia. As a long-term strategy of this, they also have plans to push in making esports become one of the official sports titles in the Olympic Games.
Considering the caliber of professional gamers that play for these regions, it is safe to expect some intense match-ups between teams when the tournament occurs. Expect more news as we approach the time of the tournament.