Three detained over packed outdoor livestream celebration in China's COVID hotspot Wuhan

Shanghai-based professional gaming team Edward Gaming defeated South Korean title-holders Damwon in Reykjavik on Saturday, sparking scenes of night-time jubilation in China.

Published: 10th November 2021 04:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th November 2021 04:23 PM   |  A+A-

Handcuffs, Arrest

Image used for representational purpose only.


BEIJING: Chinese police detained three people after thousands of cheering fans packed a square in Wuhan to watch a Chinese team win a major eSports world title, state media said. More than 2,000 people burst into celebration in Wuhan -- where the coronavirus emerged in late 2019 -- after watching an outdoor livestream of Edward Gaming (EDG) winning the League of Legends crown.

The Shanghai-based professional gaming team defeated South Korean title-holders Damwon in Reykjavik on Saturday, sparking scenes of night-time jubilation in China. Footage of the Wuhan party published by Chinese media showed a large crowd gathered outdoors in front of a big screen, with cheering fans waving flags bearing EDG's logo and packed into a square.

At least 2,000 people attended the unauthorised viewing party, the state-run People's Daily reported, and cited police as saying that the three organisers had failed to obtain a permit. The organisers "caused hidden risks for safety and order at the scene of the activity", the People's Daily said. "Some crazy eSports fans went a bit too far," the English-language version of the Global Times added.

Police detained the three organisers for up to 10 days and fined them at least 500 yuan (USD 80). League of Legends (LoL) is a massively popular multiplayer online battle arena game and EDG's championship success was widely celebrated in China.

Images on Chinese social media showed chanting fans gathering at university dormitories and rushing out into the streets. Unverified footage of what appeared to be the Wuhan celebrations were also widely viewed on Twitter.

China's eSports industry has exploded in recent years. The market was worth more than 147 billion yuan in 2020, according to industry research firm iResearch.

A government crackdown on the video-game industry aimed at curbing children's screen time appears not to have dampened enthusiasm for the LoL win, with Xinhua news agency congratulating EDG and their success going viral online.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp