China has closed down greater than 12,000 web cafes since 2020, the yr of the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to a report by the China Enterprise Journal (CBJ). Over 3,600 web cafes have been deactivated by the federal government, and 9,250 have been closed willingly. CBJ additionally identified that China nonetheless has greater than 120,000 web cafes working within the nation.
The report gave two causes for the closures: the adverse financial influence of COVID-19 and the rise of cell esports and esports viewing habits in society.
“On the one hand, the youthful era want to play cell video games on smartphones, as a substitute of taking part in PC video games in web cafes,” CBJ commentator Chunwei Zhang wrote. “There are additionally various esports lovers who like to observe esports competitions relatively than simply taking part in, so they’d buy esports-related tasks, similar to esports lodges.”
Zhang additionally reported that China has greater than 8,000 esports-themed lodges within the nation. With esports and cell video games changing into extra mainstream in leisure, industries like property administration have proven curiosity in including esports components to their companies. In Shanghai, Chinese language esports group Edward Gaming (EDG)’s father or mother firm SuperGen Group put over $1.5B USD in constructing its esports advanced park, together with a 6,000 seat esports venue, in addition to a “five-star” esports-themed lodge.