Tsai calls esports ‘professional’ as she meets with leading team

By Christine Chou with CNA, The China Post

Spending hours locked indoors could be good for you, after President Tsai Ing-wen announced Friday that the Sports Administration would class “gaming” as a professional sport. Tsai made the announcement as she met with esports team Flash Wolves (閃電狼) at their training ground, Wanin International’s (網銀國際) research base for online games and mobile apps, in Taichung on Friday.

After years of debate, the Sports Administration officially taking esports under its banner marks an important milestone for the development of esports in Taiwan. Representing the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau region, Flash Wolves won the League of Legends (LoL) 2017 Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship last month. LoL is a popular multiplayer online game played by 27 million people every day, according to developer Riot Games Inc. The IEM World Championship, a series of international esports tournaments in which teams from around the world compete, involved three games this year: LoL, StarCraft II and Counter-Strike: Global. During their meeting on Friday, Tsai tried playing LoL for the first time, guided by Flash Wolves’ Huang “Maple” Yi-tang (黃熠棠) and another team member Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Jie (胡碩傑).