Feb 10, 2017 Medical & Health Care Comments Off on eSports gamers exempt from military service
The culture ministry announced on Friday that professional video gamers may be exempt from compulsory military service.
The move is welcomed by lawmakers from both the ruling DPP and opposition KMT. They have been pushing for eSports, or professional video game competition, to be recognized as an official sport.
DPP lawmaker Cheng Pao-ching is head of the Taiwan eSports League. He said Friday that eSports have become hugely popular in Taiwan. Cheng said the 2014 League of Legends video game tournament attracted an international audience of over 27 million viewers. There are more than 7 million people in Taiwan who play video games, he said, and the industry is currently worth NT$50 billion (US$1.6 billion).
Cheng has called for more government support for the industry and the tech hardware that drives it.
"The computer mice, keyboards, specialized light equipment, or various types of memory cards, these products generate a lot of value which contribute greatly to Taiwan's economy. We hope the government can help establish video game competitions as a professional sport and support more players in their careers," said Cheng.
Other lawmakers have urged the government to allow more investment and provide tax breaks for eSports teams.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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