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MWC22 hosted the announcement by MEDIAPRO Group (through LVP), Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital) and Telefónica of the 5G Gaming Arena, a project that aims to showcase 5G network applications for esports and games. Two demos, the Riot Games-inspired 5G Wild Rift Cup and the cloud gaming-focused Dirt 5 Time Trials Challenge, showed how 5G’s higher bandwidth, network speed, and lower latency enable gaming experiences. game much more engaging and allow for more powerful social interaction.

Riot Games, Xbox, Samsung, Sirt and INDESCAT and the Vicepresidència i de Polítiques Digitals i Territori department of the Generalitat de Catalunya also supported the project.

The 5G Wild Rift Cup, held in collaboration with Riot Games and Samsung, features ten top influencers such as Manute and Jackie (5 million social media followers in total) competing against various professional players in a game of League of Legends: Wild Rift, one of the most popular mobile video games of the moment with terminals connected to the classic 5G network.

The online multiplayer mobile gaming experience depends on the stability, speed and latency of the various network connections used by players. 5G technology has increased download speeds and reduced latency, enabling immediate response and enabling esports contests featuring mobile gamers connected via a fiber network.

The demonstration took place in 4 different locations: the MWCapital and Telefónica stands at MWC22, the Movistar esports Center in Madrid and the 5G laboratory in the Ponent 5G area located in the Lleida Chamber of Commerce. Jackie, Navalha, Lazypopa, Sugus Susana, Silithur, Manute, Zeiling, Kidi Paracetamor and Rafa Escribá took part. During the competition, commentated by LVP commentators Shiki and Toad, participants and visitors were able to appreciate the quantum leap that 5G technology brings to esports.

The second demo consisted of an individual time trial on the Dirt 5 video game circuits with Samsung 5G mobile terminals on the official GHME Europe platform, a competition platform powered by Big C that uses advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, blockchain technology and big data to turn esports into something far beyond a mere championship experience. The video game is not downloaded but remains in the cloud (Xbox Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate), which allows us to enjoy the next generation video game experience without depending on mobile hardware thanks to the 5G connection , which allows the downloading of large volumes of data in real time.

Thanks to the collaboration of INDESCAT, Asobu, Edojo, GHME, United Gamers, Competize, BIG-C and SevenMila, daily winners of the Dirt 5 Time Trials Challenge will receive an NFT by Edojo including 5 hours in the streaming room or bootcamp from Asobu. , 3 free training sessions on the League of Legends platform and 2 sessions of nutritional counseling and physical activity for United Gamers players. On top of that, winners will get a free year of Competize’s competition scheduling software, a free subscription to the Gamers Gym app, one-day access to Big-C’s facilities, and of 6 packs of 5 hours to the game Seven Mila’s Colosseum e-Sports Cornellà.

Additionally, Xbox is contributing to this demo with a wide range of games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Hades, Psychonauts2, Minecraft Dungeons, and Dirt 5).

The video game sector is one of the most popular entertainment industries. According to consultancy Newzoo, there are currently around 3,000 million people playing video games worldwide, with industry revenue exceeding $180,000 million. According to Aevi, in Spain the sector achieved a turnover of 1,747 million euros in 2020, 18% more than the previous year.