VTC will build and deploy e-sports tournaments and make AoE an official sport in National e-Sports tournaments and regional arenas.
On the afternoon of September 22, VTC and Microsoft announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement for the period of 2022 – 2025 in the field of e-sports to promote the application of technology to expand products and improve the user experience. play, promote creativity, and build the Vietnam Game and Technology Startup Innovation Center to develop and elevate the Vietnamese game market.
Currently, the world has about 3 billion people playing games and by 2030 this number is expected to increase to 4.5 billion people. Gaming is a nearly $200 billion industry with double-digit year-over-year growth.
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam is considered a game powerhouse of the region. According to statistics, Vietnam currently ranks 7th in the world and 2nd in Southeast Asia in terms of number of game downloads. In addition, Vietnam is also ranked 3rd in the Top 10 game application manufacturers in the region. For every 25 games downloaded, there is one game produced in a Vietnamese studio.
Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Bao, General Director of VTC, said: “VTC is a pioneer in introducing the eSports concept and successfully implementing it in Vietnam through a dense tournament system, typically the Vietnam eSports Championship. With available internal resources and future development ambitions, the strategic cooperation between Microsoft and VTC hopes to create many breakthrough values for the Vietnamese gaming and e-sports market.”
Within the framework of cooperation, Microsoft and VTC will focus on four main areas, including building an e-sports tournament system; training and improving game development skills; establish a hybrid cloud platform for VTC and support VTC to become a game startup hub in Vietnam.
– Accordingly, right after signing the strategic cooperation, Microsoft authorized VTC to release Age of Empires (AoE) game versions I, II, III, and IV in Vietnam. VTC has the role of publishing, distributing, building and officially deploying e-sports tournaments and making AoE an official sport in national and regional e-sports tournaments. .
– Microsoft and VTC will organize training activities and improve skills for game developers and professional e-sports athletes in Vietnam. Microsoft will also provide game production platforms for VTC so that Vietnam can create and release games to the international market.
– Microsoft will support VTC to build an Innovation Center for Vietnam Game and Technology Startup to research and develop new technologies for the game market such as Liveops, Blockchain, and Web 3.0.
– In addition, Microsoft will build a hybrid cloud platform for VTC and connect VTC’s data center with Microsoft’s global network of data centers to provide the best service for developers, release game in Vietnam market.
Also within the framework of cooperation, VTC will invest resources to implement the project, taking advantage of Microsoft’s technological strength in the field of games, infrastructure platforms, digital working environment, cloud computing, artificial intelligence. creating and and solutions for safety and security. Microsoft will also provide resources, directly or indirectly through partners, to conduct assessments, consult, transfer knowledge, share best practices, and implement agreed initiatives between the two. both sides.
Ms. Nguyen Quynh Tram, General Director of Microsoft Vietnam, said: “Microsoft defines its mission in the gaming field to bring joy and build a gaming community for everyone on earth. For over 40 years, with 23 Xbox studios, Microsoft has been at the forefront of gaming, producing the biggest hits of all time, empowering game creators, and opening up opportunities for career growth. career for game developers around the world.”
“In 2021 alone, Vietnam has added 8 million digital consumers. Digital life has become daily, in which games are the field that accounts for a large proportion. Through classic games, content creation services, development of modern games and expansion of strategic cooperation with pioneers such as VTC, Microsoft hopes to create a breakthrough, contributing to creating great value for Vietnam’s digital economy,” added Ms. Tram.