ChinaJoy is hot, despite the wind and rain
Booming player numbers and the latest gadgets made ChinaJoy one of the hottest events in Shanghai on Friday, despite Typhoon Jongdari bringing heavy winds and rain in the morning.
ChinaJoy, Asia’s biggest game event held annually in Shanghai, opened its doors in the Shanghai New International Expo Center of the Pudong New Area on Friday, and it will run through Monday.
Dressed-up young people, who cosplayed characters from games and cartoons, gathered at the Huamu Metro Station, the closest station to the exhibition hall.
“The Typhoon won't prevent players’ enthusiasm,” Han Zhihai, secretary-general of the ChinaJoy organization committee said. Han also confirmed no accidents and injuries occurred.
Many players queued up from 8am -- one hour before official entry time.
A huge knife prop from Shanda Games, which was placed outside the exhibition halls, was found broken in the afternoon, probably because of heavy wind.
Various tech giants like Intel, AMD, Nvidia, HTC, and Qualcomm were showcasing their latest technologies at the show, from high-end computers, to 4K-featured graphic cards, eSport gadgets and virtual reality or VR devices.
For example, players have to wait about 30 minutes to play VR demos at HTC's booth, one of the biggest VR device vendors in the world.
As usual, showgirls posed and offered performances in the booths, attracting the gaze of players and photography fans. Some showgirls also broadcast live streams from the event.
About 300,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event before it packs up for the year on Monday.