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ChinaJoy opens in Shanghai next month

City's online game industry hit US$10.4 billion last year and it is aiming to become a global center for eSports within three to five years. 

ChinaJoy, Asia’s biggest game show, will be held in Shanghai next month, showcasing the latest games and related products and services, including eSports.

The China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference, better known as ChinaJoy, will be held in the city from August 2 to 5. 

Shanghai has launched 20 policies covering funds and venues to support eSports development. It aims to become a global eSports hub within three to five years, said Wang Yayuan, vice director of the Publicity Department under the CPC Shanghai Committee. 

Shanghai’s online game industry revenue gained 4.2 percent year on year to hit 71.2 billion yuan (US$10.4 billion) in 2018, a third of the national level, Wang said.

The Shanghai developed-game industry revenue reached 59.3 billion yuan, a 10.9 percent growth year on year.

More than 300 digital entertainment exhibitors will attend the event, including Tencent, NetEase and Giant. Over 5,000 gaming devices will be on display during ChinaJoy. 

In 2018, a record 354,000 visitors, including those who came in cosplay or dressed as cartoon characters, visited ChinaJoy.

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