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Work begins on NetEase Esports Park

Chinese games publisher NetEase has kicked off construction of an esports park in Shanghai’s Qingpu district.

The park is expected to cost around $700 million to build and will cover around 151,000m2.

It will include a 2,000 seat esports venue, office buildings, exhibition centre, and residential buildings.

The park will be home to multiple esports-related projects such as product design, team development, talent construction, and user experiences.

NetEase CEO Lei Ding said at a ceremony to mark the start of building work that the project only took one year, from blueprint to groundbreaking.

As well as being a distributor of Blizzard titles, NetEase owns the Shanghai Dragons, an Overwatch team which represents Shanghai in the Overwatch League.