The rule is unspoken, but universally understood: Never interrupt a gamer.
Hundreds of them locked their gazes on monitors packing the tank building of Beijing’s trendy 798 Art District, which was transformed into a pop-up arcade for HP’s first Gaming Festival last month. Moments before, neon-red lights swept over the buzzing crowd as HP unveiled a new pair of OMEN gaming-ready laptops.
Then it was time to play. After all, these athletes were competing fiercely against others in a virtual world where concentration and cooperation — not necessarily physical prowess — are among the most prized skills.
HP’s new 15-inch PCs were among the products the invite-only crowd was encouraged to try. They offer improved streaming to Windows 10 devices, as well as enhanced video resolution; a matching headset even cools the heat generated by the wearer’s ears. Informal competitions and immersive VR experiences — all with OMEN devices — continued well into the evening.
Hosting the festival in China reflects the meteoric trajectory of what is today the world’s number one gaming market, and highlights how in just a few years, perceptions of gaming have changed dramatically with its entry into Chinese pop culture and its growing reputation as a sport. The event also marked the launch of HP’s fourth generation of gaming products since the OMEN brand was revived in 2015.