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.