By Han Ting-ting, Lee Yu-cheng and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Oct. 26 (CNA) The government on Monday accepted competitive gaming as an
official sport that merits administrative and business support, a move that was immediately welcomed by the video game industry and professional players.
Lin Chung-chieh, commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Economic Development, visited the Sports Administration to ask that competitive gaming be recognized as an official sport as well as an industry. The request was granted.
Huang Hung-po, chairman of the Taiwan e-Sports League, said the development means Taiwan is the world’s sixth country to recognize competitive gaming as an official sport, following China, Korea, Italy, Malaysia and the United States.
Pi Ling-li, leader of the FlashWolves team that reached the quarterfinals of the League of Legends (LOL) World Championships earlier this month, said the government and the public’s acceptance and recognition are important for both the players and the industry. [FULL STORY]