The Gym, Asia’s first esports co-working space cum production studio, has scored another milestone – this time in organising and hosting Singapore’s first hybrid esports tournament, one with players onsite and online.
Last month (July), the Gym partnered with Sweat City, a local Fortnite competitive series, for its Season 1 finale. The 2-day competition saw over 600 hopefuls taking part, with one representative from five of the finalist teams coming down to
The Gym’s premises at Jalan Besar for a showdown. Online, a total of 13000 live viewers tuned in over the weekend. The tournament also stood out as it was organised in this challenging Covid19 time, when other tournaments have been mainly restricted to just the online space.
Said Mr Donald Yeo, The Gym’s Community and Partnerships manager: “We are delighted to be able to hold this tournament in a COVID-safe way, complete with safe distancing and temperature checks, and bring the event live via our multiple online platforms.”
“Because of health safety protocols, we could only have five players at The Gym. But the low number didn’t take anything away from the experience. The audience could still see the reactions of the captains who were live in our studio, sharing in the joy of their victory and the spice of their smack talks.
Said Lysander Lim, founder of Sweat City Fortnite: “Covid has definitely been a hindrance to our plans for live events. Which is why I am grateful to The Gym for coming up with this hybrid tournament solution. Personally, I think it’s extremely refreshing to see such innovative solutions when it comes to gaming in Singapore, and we definitely look forward to many more partnerships with them in the future.”
In the spirit of a Fortnite saying - “More fun, less grind”, The Gym also lives by a similar motto of innovating and always striving to do things the fun way, with as little hassle as possible.
In June this year, The Gym successfully hosted the eSPL, the very first esports tournament by the Singapore Premier League and the Football Association of Singapore. We had our flagship ‘Friyay Night Gaming’, which supports different local gaming communities to host gaming nights every Friday, all in the effort to encourage more esports initiatives among the youths. We also assisted in the production of Battle Royale Singapore Community Valorant Tournament that featured JJ Lin’s newly formed Team SMG.
But it does not stop there. Happening 29th August, we will be hosting a live produced streamer variety show in partnership with livestreaming platform Twitch. There will also be a major announcement for our first Invitational League held during the month of October 2020, all from within our state of the art studio.
Said The Gym’s founder Neo Yong Aik: “We are incredibly proud that we can roll out tournaments for the gamers in a time when tournaments are few and far between.
“The Gym’s esports team are long-time gamers themselves, and we believe that gives us the unique insight to adapt to current trends, and at the same time, also being savvy enough to take risks in order to push the limits and be better. In the spirit of The Gym, we always strive to level up.”
“We’ve scored many firsts in just a few short months, and we hope to keep the momentum going as we move into 2021. Our aim is clear: To help grow and nurture the Singapore’s esports scene to the level it deserves.”
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