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Taiwan classifies esports as sports which can allow exemptions from military service

Taiwan classifies esports as sports which can allow exemptions from military service

Students at several universities across Taiwan are earning credits towards their education while participating in their school’s esports clubs, which can also see them exempt from mandatory military service.

In an article translated by Japanese outlet, The Mainichi, reports of students like Lu K’e-hung – a professional esports athlete until he left to enrol in graduate school.

After graduating, Lu was required to perform a year’s worth of mandatory military service, but his participation in esports saw him able to swap his service for government or welfare work due to the “substitution system” Taiwan use for people with specialised technical skills.

During his year of “mandatory service”, Lu served as an esports instructor at his school, Overseas Chinese University, as Taiwan added esports to their list of sports in February 2017 – this came with conditions that athletes were active professionals for at least a year.

You can read more about it on The Mainichi.

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