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

A group of gamers booked an entire cinema room to play Xbox on the big screen during the shutdown.

The friends took advantage of the closed screens during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

The avid gamer said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and they couldn’t afford to miss it.

Yam said he’s an avid walker and also likes going to the movies, two things he hasn’t been able to do for most of this year.

Looking for a new leisure activity that was allowed, he asked if empty cinemas could be reserved for private use.

He said: “I emailed all cinema operators about the possibility of renting an entire cinema room just for playing games. Out of the five cinema operators in Singapore, only one operator was able to submit my request.

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

He got to plug in his Xbox One S console for a test before booking the movie theater in Funan Mall, and then had to pay up front.

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

Yam told Newsflash, “While the price wasn’t cheap, we didn’t regret spending the SGD 435 as the experience was epic and great.

“Big screen games and a surround sound system made our gaming experience truly memorable and immersive. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment that we’ll never forget. “

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

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

“The reason we didn’t play the graphics-intensive games on the big screen was that I wanted a light and friendly game for my friends to enjoy, although I have to admit it was a shame to play games like Call of Duty or Battlefield on the big screen.

He added, “I would definitely try those games when I return for the second time.”

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

“Companies close one by one and people spend less time outside. Why not give yourself the chance to get together in a small group (with your mask always on, of course) to show your support for your local businesses while enjoying this moment of excitement and fun with friends and family while the world continues to fight this brutal COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let us bring hope and joy to each other in this difficult time.”