E-sports is fuelling Asia’s gaming obsession

The APAC region is hosting a growing number of gaming-focused events.

Gamescom Asia is committed to Singapore for the next three editions from 2023 to 2025.
Gamescom Asia is committed to Singapore for the next three editions from 2023 to 2025.

Gamescom Asia 2022, the satellite event of the world’s largest gaming festival Gamescom, has just concluded in Singapore last month. But if attendance numbers are anything to go by – with more than 3,200 attending online and offline – Asia’s appetite for gaming shows little sign of slowing down.

A recent report from Niko Partners points to how Asian gamers have contributed to the massive growth of the global video games industry. Another report, released in July, titled 'Gaming Market by Type, Device, Platform, and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026', which focuses on casual and professional gaming, both online and offline and using devices such as mobiles, consoles and PCs, estimates that APAC will account for 56% of market growth.

The report says: “The main gaming markets in APAC are South Korea, China, and Japan. The market in APAC will expand more quickly than the industry in other regions. During the projection period, the gaming market in APAC will expand due to the rising popularity of e-sports in emerging nations like Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore. Furthermore, countries such as the US, China, Japan, South Korea, and Germany are expected to emerge as prominent markets for gaming during the forecast period.”

Asia’s rapid uptake of gaming and e-sports has been attributed to the wide coverage of 5G networks.

Gaming events in the pipeline

Gamescom Asia is expected to return to Singapore on 19-22 October 2023, with Singapore having committed to hosting Gamescom Asia for the next three editions.

TechSpo Singapore, taking place 5-6 October 2023, will showcase the next generation of technology and innovation, much of which will be relevant to gaming.

Taipei Game Show is returning to a physical format for the first time since the pandemic, taking place 2-5 February 2023 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.