While last week saw several key competitions and the unveiling of new plans across China’s esports industry, the country is currently in a state of grief and resistance in the wake of a shocking natural disaster. The Dota 2’s i-League has started in Shanghai, featuring 1.2 million yuan ($185,000) in total prize money. In the meantime, however, a record-breaking rainstorm struck in the central Chinese province of Henan and its capital city of Zhengzhou.

Last week was significant for the esports industry in China as the Chinese anti-monopoly authority terminated the merger between China’s two largest gaming live streaming companies - Douyu and Huya. Both live streaming platforms are controlled by Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings, and Tencent would have had a 70% market share of the live stream gaming sector if the merger had gone ahead.

Over the past week, the esports industry in China has celebrated the International Labor Holiday by hosting multiple esports competitions for audiences and fans. Shanghai-based tournament organizer Imba TV hosted its $185 thousand Dota 2 i-League at the Shanghai Aegean Shopping Park in front of a limited live audience, while Tencent and VSPN also hosted a two-year anniversary party for Peacekeeper Elite in Chongqing, at which multiple partnerships were signed.