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PCCW Global connects “Return of the Legends” eSports event

HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG, August 17, 2017

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, is pleased to announce that, working in close collaboration with Cyber Games Arena (CGA) and Electronic Sports League (ESL), it delivered and sponsored resilient high speed and ultra-low latency connectivity for the recent “Return of the Legends” tournament, the latest iteration of the world’s most watched eSports game – League of Legends (LOL). PCCW Global’s resilient network also ensured that the online broadcast of the event was highly successful.

The live streaming of the two-day “Return of the Legends”, which relied on the high speed connections provided by PCCW Global, attracted around five million viewers online. The tournament was hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board on August 4 and 6 and was part of the event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR.

The “Return of the Legends” tournament also marked the first time ever in Hong Kong that so many former world champions had come together to compete in the world’s most watched eSports game, League of Legends (LOL). They formed four professional teams, representing Europe, North America, mainland China and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau.

In 2016, PCCW Global provided resilient high speed and ultra-low latency connections for the League of Legends Master Series (LMS) Summer 2016 Grand Final in Hong Kong. This five-hour event was watched by over one million viewers online. Building on experience gained during that event, the PCCW Global team this year delivered a bespoke jitter-free and low latency connection with a 22ms roundtrip delay between Hong Kong and Taiwan where the nearest official LOL tournament servers are located.

PCCW Global also provided connectivity for live streaming services to mainland China and other countries around the world as part of the overall solution, together with on-site network infrastructure for the event’s “Festival Zone”, where fans were able to participate in numerous video games, including both mobile and virtual reality games.

CGA, one of the leading eSports-focused organizers based in Hong Kong, provided the necessary expertise and industry-specific knowledge that the Hong Kong Tourism Board needed in order to deliver a successful eSports event. CGA has hosted numerous gaming-focused events in Hong Kong and this event again shows its commitment and support for eSports and for the local gaming community.

Mr. Frederick Chui, Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales and Presales, PCCW Global, said, “PCCW Global is proud to have once again been able to demonstrate our support for the eSports industry by becoming the international connectivity sponsor of this event, which continued our ongoing commitment to delivering the best possible gaming experience for professional eSports players. This is just one of many worldwide events which PCCW Global has provided connectivity solutions for over the past year.”

Mr. Kurt Li, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cyber Games Arena, said, “We are honored to have had the opportunity to participate in holding such a large-scale eSports tournament in Hong Kong. Thanks to the support of the Government, PCCW Global’s stable and high speed network, and ESL’s live production team support, we were able to successfully run the event at a world-class level, while broadcasting it worldwide via the Internet.”

CGA recently launched Hong Kong’s first eSports Bar with the aim of providing the gaming community with a local base for sharing all things eSports related.

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About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centers in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centres.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit www.hkt.com

About Cyber Games Arena

Cyber Games Arena was founded on May 1, 2013, by former professional gamers founded by the Hong Kong eSports platform. CGA holds tournaments for a variety of gaming games regularly. Since 2013 to now, CGA held a number of eSports events and with a number of international brands which it has long-term close cooperation. CGA is Hong Kong's largest eSports organization and eSports platform to connect players in Asia.

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
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Kurt Li
Cyber Games Arena
Tel:    +852 3563 8762
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