Among a number of proposed new career paths put forward for discussion by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China, multiple esports related career are included which if accepted would mean recognition and support by the Chinese Government.
Multiple online sources have confirmed the process of getting the total 15 new career paths accepted, after going through large amounts of public discussion, esports managers and players were the hot topic among them. This result in a statement bring issued confirming a ‘firm line’ would be drawn to distinguish what qualifies an individual as a professional player or manager.
The move set’s a precedent for other Asiatic countries to follow suite, Japan already beat China to the punch through the formation of multiple Japanese organisations formed the Japan Esports Union. And the new recognition brings China in line with the U.S, who in 2013 brought esports players under the same umbrella as other professional athletes.
China only recently introduced vocational education programs pertinent to esports in 2017, when the Ministry of Education introduced an electronic competitive sports and management major – alongside 13 other new majors for vocational schools in China.
Considering the global nature of esports, decreasing number of barriers in the way for yet more international tournaments slowly falling away, it’s exciting to imagine how the high level recognition of esports by Asiatic countries will effect the global growth of esports.