In recent times, Esports has increasingly come under the public radar, as a medal event in the upcoming SEA Games 2019 and with its inclusion as a demonstration sport in the 18th Asian Games. On the same note, many countries have already set up government bodies and associations to help regulate, cultivate and promote the growth of esports in their respective countries.
Sri Lanka has joined the list of other countries that have recognized Esports officially. France and South Korea have also approved Esports video games as a sport. Sri Lanka is now the first country from South Asia to do so. The declaration, which was gazetted on 26th September by Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment, and Sports, has been published.
This decision will definitely do a lot to legitimize esports in Sri Lanka and hopefully act as a catalyst in making sure that other countries also do the same. Government backing and funding is often necessary especially when it comes to matters of securing visas and funds for attending international tournaments. There are problems which have often plagued athletes from the South Asian and even Asian countries.
Currently, Esports has been growing by bounds and leaps and the community has been giving credit to it as an industry to create job opportunities and money flow. People are no longer mere geeks who are just into games every day. We should be recognized as competitors who hype up the mood for the crowd. Esports is nothing different than a sport.
China had also acknowledged Esports as a sport early this year. This has led to a boom in the number of Esports players in the country. More than 100,000 people registered themselves as professional gamers under this sport in July this year. Moreover, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security stated that 2 million athletes will enroll in this profession in the next five years.