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The outdated amusement game centre ordinance is a barrier to E-sports in Hong Kong

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Reported by Wong Yan Ting on 6, November 2018

Eric Yeung Chuen Sing, the President of Esports Association Hong Kong, complained that e-sports stadium in Hong Kong is hard to get license because of the outdated Amusement Game Centre Ordinance.

Yeung is active in promoting E-sports in Hong Kong. He has found operating an e-sports stadium in Hong Kong particularly difficult.

“Operating an e-sports stadium violates the Amusement Game Centre Ordinance. And the ordinance has not been amended for more than 30 years,” said Yeung at Shue Yan University.

In Hong Kong, different departments of government are responsible for holding competitions and ensuring the safety of venues. Meanwhile, the Science and Technology Bureau has no right to issue licenses, which makes esoprts hosts hard to get a licence.

“There are many restrictions under the ordinance. For example, the license divided into customers above or below aged 16. The amusement game centre must not locate within 200 meters of any schools and education centres. Besides, the licence should be approved by the District Council and so on,” said by Yeung.

“Because of the strictness of the ordinance and the high barrier of application, nearly no new licences is issued in recent years,” Yeung added.

However, Yeung believed the government will emit a new instruction which can apply in e-sports stadium in the coming 2-3 months.

"I have discussed with officers of the the Science and Technology Bureau before. We suggested that the e-sports stadium should refer to the regulation which is similar with the one apply in cybercafé,” Yeung said.

“The e-sports stadium is not making revenue from leasing computers. We want to get a licence for the purpose of renting our stadium for competitions to make money,” Yeung further explained. --165136 2018年11月6日 (二) 17:51 (CST)

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