Korean gamers

The cinemas now hiring out their screens to gamers

Eui Jeong Lee and three of her friends sit in an otherwise empty 200-seat cinema auditorium and play a video game on the giant screen.

As Ms Lee blasts her gaming opponents with her wireless controller, the sound whips loudly around the dark room from the numerous cinema speakers.

“The sound quality is particularly amazing,” says the 25-year-old student. “The sound of the gunshots is just so vivid, and when something flew directly at me from the screen I even screamed.”

Ms Lee and her mates had hired the screen for two hours at a branch of South Korea’s largest cinema chain, CGV.

With many cinemas across the country closed due to coronavirus restrictions meaning that they can only open with 50% capacity, and far fewer movies being released to tempt cinemagoers, CGV came up with the idea of renting out its auditoriums to gamers to bring in a new revenue stream…

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