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As cool as e-sports? Tabletop games gain popularity in Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  01:18 am
Play your cards right: Vanguard TCG players compete in the 2019 Bushiroad Championship Series event at Lotte Shopping Avenue in Kuningan, South Jakarta, last month. TCGs and other tabletop games are on their way to being recognized as sports in Indonesia.(JP/Haryadi Prawiratama)(JP/Haryadi Prawiratama)

Play your cards right: Vanguard TCG players compete in the 2019 Bushiroad Championship Series event at Lotte Shopping Avenue in Kuningan, South Jakarta, last month. TCGs and other tabletop games are on their way to being recognized as sports in Indonesia.(JP/Haryadi Prawiratama)With a rising interest in tabletop games in Jakarta resulting in more competitive tabletop tournaments being held at both the national and international levels, calls are being made for the government and citizens to recognize the games as sports.Across Jakarta are dozens of tabletop communities that gather at trading card game stores, such as Good Guy Games in Tomang, Arcanum Hobbies in Kuningan and Eternity Games in Mangga Besar.At the Good Guy Games hobby shop, players mainly gather on weekends to relieve stress from work or studies and compete in weekly tournaments with popular tabletop games such as Cardfight...