With Singapore’s First SEA Games Esports Medalist Onboard
SINGAPORE, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — YouTrip, Singapore’s leading multi-currency mobile wallet announces the launch of ‘YouTrip Gaming’, an online gaming community tailored for Singaporean gamers. As a consumer past time, gaming has grown significantly during the pandemic. With the launch of YouTrip Gaming, YouTrip hopes to provide a platform to connect like-minded users and strengthen the love for gaming that spans beyond the pandemic. With restrictions still in place for group sizes and public gatherings, many Singaporeans are still opting to stay home to play video and online games instead. In 2020 (January to September), YouTrip has noted a 260% increase in online transactions of games and accessories compared to the same period in 2019.
YouTrip Gaming Community
With COVID-19 social distancing measures increasing the demand for gaming as a form of entertainment, YouTrip has noticed a similar trend in users making more online purchases from gaming-related sites like Nintendo, Twitch, and Steam. Based on a survey of 2,000 YouTrip users, the top five most popular games are Dota 2, Valorant, Among Us, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
To provide a platform for passionate gamers to connect, YouTrip Gaming is hosted on Discord, a server-based instant messaging platform. On the dedicated server, users can chat with others who enjoy the same type of games, discuss tactics and initiate gaming sessions together. Since the launch, YouTrip Gaming members have spent 3,620 minutes on Valorant and 2,735 minutes on Dota 2.
One of the prominent features of the community group is the interest-based chat groups where users can discuss with others who share the same interest. For example, in the “Recommend Gears” discussion group, users can recommend their gaming equipment purchases to others who might be new to this area.
Offering the unique proposition to pay at the best foreign currency exchange rates at no mark-ups and fees, the use case of YouTrip to pay for games and accessories from overseas sites was highly popular. YouTrip has seen a 98% quarterly increase in transactions made in foreign currencies from April to June, compared to January to March. Similarly, online transactions on gaming accessories like computer monitors, which boasts a dual-use for remote work arrangement have also been on the increasing trend.
YouTrip Gaming Ambassadors
To represent YouTrip’s unique extension into gaming, prominent names in the local gaming community are onboard as YouTrip’s gaming ambassadors. They include content creator and Singapore’s first silver medalist for e-sports in 2019’s SEA Games, Thomas Kopankiewicz, and Megan Soh, a full-time gaming and lifestyle streamer on Twitch with over 10,000 followers. Till date, YouTrip has amassed close to 5,000 active users in various community groups with interest in shopping, beauty and travel.
YouTrip Gaming Community is open to anyone with an interest in gaming. To join, please visit http://go.you.co/Gaming. In the coming weeks, YouTrip will be launching mini gaming tournaments and curated rewards for the gaming community.
YouTrip is a regional financial technology startup, dedicated to creating the best mobile financial services for travellers across Southeast Asia by simplifying overseas spending and creating a fuss-free travel experience. YouTrip first launched in Singapore in 2018 and subsequently in Thailand in 2019.
For more information, please visit www.you.co
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