Gaming is a hugely popular form of entertainment, and nowhere more so than in Vietnam. So, where can you go in Ho Chi Minh City to get your fix of StarCraft or Overwatch? In this article, we have broken down the best, cheapest and most characterful places to play games, relax, enjoy a drink, and catch a professional esports match in Ho Chi Minh City.
InTheNet eSports Gaming Center
Add: 305 Nguyễn Tri Phương, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Situated in the heart of District 10, InTheNet eSports Gaming Centre is a spacious café with a various range of gaming rooms. Their standard packages start at VND5,500 (about £.20) per hour and go all the way up to VND10,000 (about £.40) for their Gold package, which allows you to become a top of the line gaming rig and a 27-inch screen. InTheNet also provides practice spaces for esports teams, a streaming room and a couples package for two people who share a passion for gaming. If you are an aspiring game developer, InTheNet also offers a community service where young devs can exchange advice and expertise, as well as potentially get their gaming startup funded. If you are looking to meet some of the folks making games in Vietnam, this is ground zero.
Cyber Core Nhat Thien
Add: 715 Lạc Long Quân, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
If sleek, futuristic, minimalist design is something you are into, skip on down. If you have got a soft spot for over-the-top black and red pictures of wolves made of fire howling at a moon that might also be on fire, Cyber Core Nhat Thiet in District 10 might just steal your heart. Inside, the application of red and black piping to every possible surface is just enough to melt the heart of the gamer in all of us. Cyber Core is a little pricier than other gamer cafes: prices start at VND7,000 (about £0.25) and go all the way up to VND12,000 (about £.42) an hour. However, their machines are seriously beefy. They also separate their space into smoking and non-smoking, which can be a lifesaver since most of other gaming cafés will have you marinating in a grey fog for hours.