SINGAPORE: Mixed martial arts outfit One Wednesday's championship announced the launch of the eSports tournament next year in a $ 50m worth $ 50 venture, as it seeks to use the lucid world of video games.
The "One eSports" initiative will see a number of events held in Asia with previously announced MMA events, said only one championship in Singapore.
It did not say how much eSports event would happen or where. The company will stage 30 MMA events in 2019 in cities, including Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing and Tokyo.
"We see a natural cross between martial arts and gaming fans in Asia and the opportunity to join them," said Chatri Sityodtong, President and CEO of One Championship.
One eSport is a joint venture between a championship and Japanese advertising agency Dents. Gaming Razer will also work on the initiative.
One championship said it was planning to invest up to $ 50 million with other partners in the venture.
ESports are played and watched by millions around the world, and competitions gain acceptance of the common world.
Tournaments of different styles of video games have grown in popularity with shooting, strategy and combat for multiplayer teams that are developing in major events in the arena.
Asia has led to great growth, with China's world's largest gaming market.
In mixed martial arts, one championship faces a competition from the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas, which started organizing events in Asia.