Gaming-mad Thais ready to play – The Nation

With more than 28 million Thais downloading the widely popular mobile multi-player game RoV (Realm of Valour) over the past two and a half years, the Kingdom is set to host the world championships next month.

The domestic online gaming market is estimated to be worth Bt10 billion per year, with an annual growth rate of about 20 per cent.

According to Sarut Vanichpun, 

country manager of Garena Thailand, the game’s publisher, next month’s event is officially known as AIC – for AoV International Competition. RoV is known as AoV (Arena of Valour) overseas.

The game is specifically designed for mobile phones and like devices and has so far registered more than 100 million downloads around the world, with Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam among the major markets.

Sarut said the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec) in Bang Na will be the venue for the world championships, which will be streamed live on Garena’s YouTube and Facebook channels. 

Sixteen teams of five to six players from 11 countries including Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, the United States and some European nations are expected to compete in Bangkok.

This is the second global event of its kind after the inaugural championships in Los Angeles in July.

Owing to huge domestic interest in mobile gaming, Sarut said, Thailand has joined the ranks of major markets for the Moba (mobile multi-user online battle arena) segment, which is outgrowing PC-based games due largely to the high penetration of smart phones here.

Gaming on mobile devices, especially smartphones, has outpaced the PC gaming segment, accounting for 45 per cent of market share against 30 per cent. Gaming on consoles and Play-stations accounts for the rest.

In Thailand, Garena uses the free-

to-play business model for its games 

and generates revenue

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