Vacation for Gamers: Top 5 Global Cities to Indulge Your Passion

Is someone you love an avid gamer? If you can’t seem to pry them away from playing in their free time, here is all the incentive you need: a vacation for gamers! You’re about to learn of the top 5 cities in the world that will let your gamer–or perhaps you–indulge in gaming passions while traveling. Plus, these are great cities so you won’t have any trouble finding common ground to enjoy. Check them out, below. 

CONTENTS – In this article, you’re going to find out the top cities in the world that make a great vacation for gamers, including:

5 Great Global Cities for Gamers

For the uninitiated, the worlds of gaming and Esports aren’t exactly synonymous with luxury.

In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking that the furthest most gamers ever travel is between their poster-adorned bedrooms and energy-drink packed fridges.

But you’d be wrong.

Because gaming and Esports are now billion dollar businesses. In normal times, pro gamers and enthusiastic amateurs regularly make pilgrimages to some of the world’s most swish locations.

Fancy finding out how far joystick dexterity and android-rapid reactions can take you?

Here are five great global cities for gamers.

1. Tokyo, Japan

Intel is one of the major sponsors of the Tokyo Olympic games and if you follow gaming media like GINX Esports TV, you’ll probably already know that the tech giant has just announced that the World Open Esports event will be held alongside the Olympics. 

But high-tech Tokyo is a great place for gamers at any time, games studios like Nintendo and Sega are globally famous and amazing hotels like the Andaz Tokyo take luxury to the next level.

What’s in it for the non-gamer? 

Time it right and you’ll catch the famous cherry blossoms, but at any time of year, Tokyo offers the incredible Tsukiji fish market, alternative street fashion and youth counter-culture in the Harajuku district, and the Ginza’s upmarket shopping area. 

The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also a must-see part of Tokyo. 

Not only is Tokyo the capital city of Japan, but it is the largest metropolitan area in the world.

As you can imagine, it’s rich with history, food, culture, and more — there’s something for everyone, beyond gamers! 

2. Seoul, Korea

Gaming is perhaps more inextricably intertwined with the national psyche of Seoul, Korea, than anywhere else on Earth. 

There’s a dedicated Esports TV station, the Korean Esports Association is represented in the nation’s National Olympic Committee. And Ultra-rapid internet speeds mean the entire population can join in the fun.

What’s in it for the non-gamer? 

If haute cuisine is your thing, you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants like Gaon in Gagnam district and Pierre Gagnaire in Jung district.  

Outdoor enthusiasts might like to take in Bukhansan National Park, an incredible hiking range just outside the city. You’ll find hiking trails to suit every level as well as wildlife, temples, and ancient fortresses.

3. Bucharest, Romania

Romania’s Bucharest is another global city that’s a honey-trap for gamers from all over. 

Its reputation is enhanced by super-quick broadband! 

Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft has offices here in Bucharest. 

The city also hosted the first ESL Counter Strike: Global Offensive open qualifier a couple of years ago.

What’s in it for the non-gamer? 

If you want to shop til you drop in Bucharest, Casa Frumoasa is home to more designer labels than you can shake a be-jewelled joystick at!

The Palatul Parlimentului building is an incredible take, too. This iconic communist-era landmark has over 1100 rooms.

And, you’ll find a great nightlife in the historic Lipscani district, to boot.

Related post: Monteriggioni, a medieval city in Italy, is also another popular pilgrimage for Assassin’s Creed fans.

4. Singapore

Pristine clean Singapore is another Asian nation where gaming is in the blood. In fact, residents here spend even more time gaming than those in Japan or Korea. 

Singapore’s multilingual population does battle on phones as well as consoles and as well as the annual high-profile GameStart Esports event. 

It also hosts Japanese games developers like Namco Bandai. 

Mix in the right Singaporean circles and you might bag an invite to a plush private members club here like Straits Clan or Tanglin Club. 

What’s in it for the non-gamer?

This island republic offers much when it comes to natural beauty. For the naturalist or flower enthusiast, you’ll want to check out the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden–even the Cloud Forest.

You’ll also want to visit out the incredible Marina Bay Sands infinity pool and sip a delicious Singapore Sling cocktail.

And good news: you’ll find no shortage of delicious culinary experiences, from the amazing street food in Chinatown to world-class, Michelin-rated restaurants. Les Amis and Odette are two top-rated restaurants you might try. But if they’re booked don’t worry because there are 44 Michelin rated restaurants in total in Singapore!

5. Vancouver – British Columbia, Canada 

With over 150 development studios in the city limits, including giants like Microsoft, Nintendo and EA, Vancouver is absolutely abuzz with gaming industry insiders. 

There’s a dedicated Gaming Stadium in Richmond and a passionate and welcoming Esports community. 

If you want to stay somewhere chic and culturally enriching,  you simply must try the Skwachays Lodge Hotel & Gallery Arrow  ̶  the nation’s first boutique indigenous arts hotel. 

What’s in it for the non-gamer?

In addition to the chic accommodations, there’s plenty to do in Vancouver for non-gamers. This west-coast seaport bustles with activity. 

For one reason, it’s a hotspot for filming. (My favorite show, The X-Files, was filmed here!) So, don’t be too surprised if you cross paths with a celebrity or two while in Vancouver.

Plus you’ll find all kinds of outdoor activities, from gondola rides, hiking, winter sports, and water sports. 

Some say Vancouver is the prettiest country in Canada, featuring the mountains, Pacific coast, and beautiful Stanley Park. 

We think Vancouver is one of those places everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime, gamer or not.

Final Thoughts on Picking A Great City Vacation for Gamers

So, you can see there is a way to plan a vacation for gamers and satisfy your own travel passions.

If you visit any one of these five global gaming cities, you and your gamer can live a luxe life while indulging them in electronic passions  ̶ what’s not to love?

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

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