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Hau hails Assassin's 'gaming diplomacy'

TAIPEI--The recent triumph by a Taiwanese team at an international video game tournament in Los Angeles was an example of cyber gaming diplomacy, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said yesterday.

In defeating favored teams from Russia and South Korea, the title-winning Taipei Assassins (TPA) successfully demonstrated the determination and team spirit of Taiwan's young people, Hau said before he presented team members with trophies for their effort.

Further praising the team's performance, he described the victory in the "League of Legends" world championships in Los Angeles on Oct. 13 as "very successful gaming diplomacy."

Riding the wave of cyber gaming's sudden popularity, Hau said he plans to develop Taipei into a digital technology hub and that his administration has sought to attract more businesses from the cloud and technology sectors.

Taipei's Department of Economic Development said that Taiwan has made the development of the digital content industry a priority and that Taipei has great potential because of its strong infrastructure and the presence of a telecommunications cluster.

The city has also chosen seven pieces of land on which to build industrial parks for cloud-related sectors, the department said in a statement.

The TPA edged out all local rivals in a competition in Taipei on July 15 to earn the right to represent Taiwan in the tournament in Los Angeles, where it ousted NaJin Sword of South Korea and Moscow 5 of Russia to make it to the final.

The Taipei-based team then defeated Azubu Frost of South Korea 3-1 in the grand final to win the US$1 million first prize.

Moscow 5 and Azubu Frost were ranked among the world's top three teams prior to the tournament while the TPA, ranked in the 80s, was considered an also-ran.

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