Electronic sports, which quickly skyrocketed into a billion-dollar industry over the past few years, continue to dominate gaming fans all over Asia. Similar to traditional sports tournaments such as basketball and football matches, fame and fortune are at stake in e-sports. It’s no wonder gaming cafes generate massive revenue in the region, so get your game on at these impressive nooks!
Though gaming cafes are deemed a rare sight in Japan, Esports Square is one of the few places that every gaming enthusiast should visit while in town! The cafe guarantees “the best gaming experience”—hosting qualifiers for widely popular online games such as League of Legends, PUBG, and a whole lot more!
3-chōme-2-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 101-0021, Japan
China is the leading e-sports arena in the world, once drawing a 203 million audience for a single League of Legends World Tournament! Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou is a big LOL fan, too, which inspired him to launch one of the most luxurious gaming pads in the market. Armed with sleek and black interiors, guests will have a hard time leaving their seats once inside. This Shenzhen-based digital hub boasts a 1,700 square meter space with 230 computer units, 11 large rooms, and 5 VIP areas.
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
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Gamers looking for a more minimalist ambiance may head over to one of SG’s laidback hubs. For as low as SGD2 per hour, players can enjoy access to premium consoles and promising in-game rewards. They also have a space for billiards in case gamers want to take a break from their screens!
35 Selegie Rd, B1-16 Parklane shopping Mall, Singapore 188307
The Philippines is another thriving country in the e-sports industry, noticeable in the continuously growing number of Internet cafes and gaming centers in its metropolitan cities. TNC, one of the country’s leading cyber cafes, recently opened this three-storey hub in Cebu City. Housing a total of 408 units to cater to all kinds of gamers, from casual to hardcore, TNC has cemented its spot as the biggest e-sports cafe in the Southeast Asian region.
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Filipino pro gamers continue to dominate the international e-sports scene, paving the way for training hubs like Fulcrum to open for aspiring players. The cafe, located just a few hours outside of Metro Manila, aims to hone local talents and their competitive spirit by conducting e-sports competitions regularly.
Rublou Market Place, Brookside Dr, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
The Taiwanese take gaming very seriously. They provide formal gaming classrooms to kids, build gaming cafes in every corner, and host World Championships in e-sports. If you live and breathe gaming, then you’ll love Lee Hwa Hang’s high-end computer units housed in their three-storey cafe. They even provide a cab for you to get home after a long day with the consoles!
No. 28號, Guangfu North Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
With its cutting edge equipment and blinding neon CPUs, this cybercafe is every gamer’s fantasy hideout. They charge SGD3 per hour for guests and SGD1 more for water-cooling computers. Double the happiness of your win streaks when you play your favorite ranked games Panda Q’s high-tech setups!
1 Woodlands Road, 01-24, Singapore 677899
Known as the pioneer in e-sports in Malaysia, The Pantheon boasts high-end gaming rigs and gear for Kuala Lumpur-based gamers. Players are guaranteed to have a good time with their G-sync monitors, immersive Virtual Reality worlds, and VIP zones! In case anyone gets hungry, their menu offers a wide selection of light snacks, full meals, and desserts.
2-27, The Square @One City, Usj 23, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Get your gaming fix in this laidback and spacious cafe in Singapore. Cyber Express’ main selling point is their Garena Gold subscription access—basically, for SGD2 per hour, gamers can enjoy doubled IP boost in League of Legends and an additional 10% Blackshot experience. Gather up and play with friends for a competitive session!
#B1-12A Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jln Anak Bukit, Singapore 588996
Gaming is hugely popular in Korean culture. Housing the world's fastest internet connection speed, it's considered as the mecca of online gaming. PC Bang offers 24/7 service for a cheap cost of KRW500 (USD 1 per hour). It's a must-visit if you're looking for a high-end computer, comfy seat, and great food to play your game!
South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, 362-2 서교동