Mayor Speaks at 2017 LICC Opening Ceremony
To promote both e-sports and the upcoming 2017 Universiade, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the opening ceremony for the 2017 League of Legends International College Cup (LICC) on August 5.During his speech, the mayor noted that the gaming company Garena has invested much to promote e-sports. From regional tournaments to major international competitions, spectators will notice the presence of athletes from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. With the spotlight of the international sports scene focusing on the upcoming 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei this month, the 2017 LICC also invited top teams from universities in Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Canada to compete in the gaming front. The event can be described as the Universiade for e-sports.The mayor noted that Taipei City Government not only sees e-sports as a form of sports, buy it also seeks to promote it as an industry. One question he constantly asks the e-sports industry is “What can I do for you?” He hopes that companies in the field will let him know how the city government can help.At the end of his speech, the mayor welcomed friends and athletes from other parts of the world, but he still wishes that the local team can make sure that the grand trophy remains in Taiwan.When asked by the media which venues can the city government offer for future e-sports events, the mayor suggested that the basketball stadium of Heping Elementary School – which has a capacity for 7,000 spectators – is a possibility. Originally designed to be a multi-function stadium, the facility can be used for e-sports events.