The offline competitors of the eSports Shanghai Amateur Champion began at Changfeng Delight City in Putuo on Saturday.

More than 500 regional electronic sports groups have used to participate in the city’s first amateur eSports contest, which officially released its offline knockout matches over the weekend.

With an overall of 200,000 yuan (US$ 30,480) up for grabs, the eSports Shanghai Amateur Championship encourages players and groups from both home and abroad to enter. It is part of the 3rd Shanghai People Sports Meeting.

Sixty teams from the 500 will defend the final champion on the most popular computer system and mobile MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) video games, “League of Legends” and “Honor of Kings”.

The offline competitors for the champion kicked off at Changfeng Joy City in Putuo District on Saturday. The very first batch of winning groups battled in the atrium of the shopping complex, with their competition live transmitted on a large screen.

“Without the contest, I may never ever have the opportunity to showcase my skill and strategies in the video game Honor of Kings,” stated an urban management official surnamed Wang, with Taopu Town, Putuo District. His group was picked to participate in the preliminary of competition at the mall.

Wang arranged a group with his colleagues and friends. They’ve pass the credentials matches held online in the previous 2 weeks.

Wang invested over 2 hours a day after work on the mobile video game. It was nothing however a leisure activity at the start, however he was later determined to end up being a professional gamer amid the city federal government’s efforts to promote eSports culture among the public.

Shanghai intends to become the world’s eSports capital, eventually rivaling Los Angeles, which has attracted well-known game clubs and designers like Riot Games, Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward.

The local government has started a series of preferential policies to support the market and professional players.

By the end of 2019, Shanghai had developed 35 eSports arenas and hosted 40 percent of the country’s leading eSports competitors. More than 80 percent of the country’s leading clubs and players are based in Shanghai.

The value of Shanghai’s eSports sector is expected to reach 19 billion yuan (US$ 2.88 billion) this year, according to the Shanghai eSports Association.

Knockout matches of the amateur championship will be held through to December 13 at Changfeng Delight City, IMBA E-Sports Center at the Global Harbor shopping center in Putuo.

The last competitors will be held at the Electronics Sports Park center on December 19 and 20, according to the Putuo District Culture and Tourist Bureau, among the organizers of the occasion.