21 Sep '11, 7am

In Singapore, gaming is becoming serious business

In Singapore, gaming is becoming serious business

A young boy watched the proceedings of a live gaming tournament. Much has been said about the negativity of video gaming: obsession that borders on unhealthy, declined social interactions, reduced amount of sleep… The list goes on. Even with this supposed bad reputation, there are signs that the ubiquitous hobby of our wired generation is slowly making headway as a more respectable past time. For some, it might be even a career option. Gaming is big business. According to the Entertainment Software Association, consumers spent US$25.1 billion (about S$31.6 billion) on video games, hardware and accessories in 2010. The trend is also evident in Singapore. On 9-11 September, more than 100,000 video game enthusiasts flocked to the Games Xpo 2011 (TGX 2011), where more than 30 exhibitors including developers, publishers and hardware makers showed off their wares. Gamers got int...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/in-singapore--gaming-is-becoming...

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