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Gamers breathe new life to internet cafes in Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 3, 2019   /  05:32 pm
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Gamers use computers in an internet café.(Shutterstock/File)

With most public places now providing free Wi-Fi and the emergence of co-working spaces, hundreds of warung internet (internet cafes), or warnet for short, have closed down across the city.    But the rise of gaming enthusiasts and e-sports has ensured the survival of many. Gravity Evolution, a warnet in Jelambar, West Jakarta, has managed to remain open for 10 years by adapting to the revolution in how people access the internet over the past few years. “We have upgraded our computers four times in the last 10 years [to be able to keep up with gaming],” Gravity Evolution manager Indra Sandy Permana told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Indra said that back in 2009 the warnet was called Gravity and offered work-related programs such as Microsoft Word, and also browsing and printing services. Then free Wi-Fi connections and the growing number of smartphones that ...