This browser is not actively supported anymore. For the best passle experience, we strongly recommend you upgrade your browser.
Skip to main content
United Kingdom | EN-GB

Add a bookmark to get started

| 1 minute read

Everything has been cancelled! Wait, no, not everything...

Singapore is currently on Day 14 of the Circuit Breaker which was declared by the government on 7 April 2020 (and yours truly is currently in Singapore, though I am usually based in Hong Kong. We live in interesting times, indeed). 

The Circuit Breaker is a measure which has been implemented by the government to slow and hopefully break the chain of transmission of Covid-19 in Singapore. 

In the time leading up to the commencement of the Circuit Breaker, we saw more and more flagship arts, culture and film events being cancelled or postponed in Singapore. 

Events affected by Covid-19 and accompanying advisories in the Southeast Asia region against large-scale events include stalwarts in the Singapore arts & culture calendar such as the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, the Night Fest, the i-Light Festival as well as a highly anticipated staging of the National Theatre's War Horse. 

Sporting events have also not been spared, with marque events such as the HSBC Women's World Championship and the DBS Marina Regatta as well as the Osim Sundown Run all having been cancelled. 

The Circuit Breaker measures require most of the population to stay at home with some limited exceptions. Given this, the one bright spark in the sea of cancellations and postponements appears to be the rising star of eSports - the one competitive sport which can be played or watched, literally from the comfort of your own home. 

Indeed, article announcing the return of Singtel's annual esports championship  as "bigger and better than ever before" is perhaps the only article on a competitive sporting event that I have seen in the past few months which not only sounds upbeat, but which is actually talking about an expansion of an event. 

Esports is currently not too heavily regulated in Singapore. And perhaps, during this season of all our lives, competitive gaming is something we can all turn to to destress and decompress. Esports is an official sport at the Southeast Asian Games now - who knows, with enough practice, you may just be the next esports champion...

Singtel’s PVP Esports is back once again for its 2020 edition of their regional Community Championships, and it is bigger and better than ever before with two seasons and more games. With S$100,000 up for grabs for the entire year, it’s time to take part in one of the biggest shifts in sports and live entertainment.


coronavirus, covid19, dlapiper, media, singapore, esports, circuitbreaker, gaming, sports, mse