Singtel, wholly-owned subsidiary Optus and regional associates Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel will cooperate to grow the gaming and esports ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Australia and India.
The latest partnership which follows Singtel's launch of its eSports initiative in July, will include scaling up esports, content creation and distribution, and collaboration with the broader gaming ecosystem.
Singtel said it will tap on its telco assets, strong knowledge of its local markets in Asia and mobile customer base of more than 700 million to explore opportunities to enable esports enthusiasts and gamers in their passion. As more than 200 million customers across the Group play games on a regular basis, Singtel, Optus, Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel intend to work together to develop solutions and services for gamers and fans in the region. This includes access to high quality local, regional, and global esports competitions, as well as original content and exclusive programming.
The number of gamers in the region is projected to surge from 400 million in 2017 to more than 700 million by 2021, with esports viewership numbers expected to double and reach over 40 million by 2019.