China considers recognizing eSports as a professionPosted on: Jan 30, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,
China is considering recognizing esports event managers and players as new professions. Therefore, in China, esports enthusiasts looking to make a career out of their passion might soon find new paths open up to them.
15 new professions including esports player, AI engineer, big data engineer and drone pilot are listed for public input, which will end on January 31, a statement made by the China Employment Training Technical Instruction Center.
The rapidly growing esports sector is drawing a lot of attention, but many are worried about the effect of gaming addiction on young people. In addition, the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the Olympics has been uncertain, as esports is widely considered to be commercially driven and contrary to Olympic values.
A total of six esports will be medal events at the 30th South East Asian Games in the Philippines in late 2019. Esports was for the first time included in the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration sport, and could be a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
According to a report released in July 2018 by analyst CNG, China’s esports market is expected to exceed 88 billion yuan, about USD 13 billion, in 2018, and to increse by another 35 billion yuan in the next two years.
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