Gaming pals book entire cinema hall to play Xbox on big screen during lockdown

A group of gamers booked out an entire cinema hall to play Xbox on the big screen during lockdown.

The pals took advantage of the closed screens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Les Yam, 32, revealed him and his friends had paid £243 to reserve the cinema for three hours, in Singapore.

The avid-gamer said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and they could not afford to miss it.

Yam said he is a keen hiker and also likes to visit the cinema, two things he has been unable to do for much of this year.

In search of a new leisure time activity that was allowed, he asked if empty cinemas could be booked for private use.

He said: "I emailed all the cinema operators regarding the possibility of renting an entire cinema hall just for playing games. Out of the five cinema operators in Singapore, only one operator was able to make my request possible.

"The cinema responded to my email with two packages. Package A was SGD 435 (GBP 243) for three hours with free-flowing popcorn and drinks. Package B cost SGD 455 (GBP 254) for three hours with popcorn, drinks and choice of chips, wings or fries. We took package A."

He was allowed to plug his Xbox One S console in for a test prior to booking the cinema in Funan Mall, and then had to pay upfront.

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Yam told Newsflash: "Although the price wasn’t cheap, we didn’t regret spending the SGD 435 as the experience was epic and awesome.

“Games on the big screen and surround sound system made our gaming experience a truly unforgettable and immersive one. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment that we will never forget."

"The games we played were Tumblestone, Think of the Children, and Moving out. All three games allow up to four players.

“The reason we didn’t play the graphic intensive games on the big screen was that I wanted a lighthearted and friendly game so my friends could enjoy it, although I have to admit it was kind of regrettable not trying games like Call of Duty or Battlefield on the big screen.

He added: “I would definitely try those games if I come back for the second time.”

Yam said: "I would like to encourage all gamers around the world to give this a try if you haven’t because I have done it, my friends have done it, and we found it was worth every penny.

“Businesses are shutting down one by one and people are spending less time outside. Why not give yourself a chance to come together in a small group (with your mask on at all time of course) to show your support for your local businesses and at the same time to enjoy this moment of excitement and laughter with friends and family while the world continues to battle this relentless COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let’s bring hope and joy to one another during this difficult time."

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