Last week, the Chinese government required gaming companies to ensure that young people under 18 do not spend more than 3 hours a week playing online. In a new material from the Financial Times reported that these restrictions will undermine the country’s position in the global esports arena.
The experts noted that the dominance of China in e-sports will quickly fade away due to the new law. Some professional players do not see the point in their further careers, since it is impossible to reach a level sufficient to compete in 3 hours a week.
“We have a responsibility to treat esports like any other sport. Players train 70 hours a week or more. Now they will miss those 67 hours. Young Chinese gamers simply won’t be able to maintain a high level. “– says a professional League of Legends player and coach under the pseudonym Amazing.
China boasted 720 million players and $ 44 billion in revenue in 2020, according to Newzoo. China’s esports is a massive discipline and a big market, so professional teams and gamers will have to rebuild and look for workarounds.
The Shenzhen-based team owner told the Financial Times that young players between 16 and 21 years of age are best performing. But you should start training as early as possible. The woman, who did not disclose her name, noted that now the teams will use the accounts of adult players for training. She also fears sponsors will turn their backs on China’s esports market.
The founder of the Chengdu Players Federation, Charlie Moseley, said the industry was hit hard by the new law. However, within the framework of the 2022 Summer Asian Games, Hangzhou will host the first esports tournament, where medals will be awarded as in other sports.