Thailand now officially recognizes esport as a professional sport
Thailand joined the big leagues when it was announced that esports would be considered a professional sport on Tuesday.
Prepare yourselves : The official notice was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette and was republished on the Thai Electronic Sports Federation (TESF) website. Facebook page.
The announcement means that athletes and esports teams are eligible for financial support from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and its “Professional Sports Promotion Fund”. NationThailand reported.
Recognized teams will also receive honors and support from officials for their sporting development and well-being, in addition to national and international promotions and assistance in the management of their sporting events, clubs and other associations.
In 2020, the SAT and the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports sponsored ESL One events for Dota 2 and ESL National Tournament events, with a total prize pool of $ 200,000 and $ 32,755 respectively, according to Esports discussion.
The TESF has also organized competitions like its Mobile Legends 2020: Bang Bang tournament, which was in partnership with Razer and Samsung Galaxy.
On Wednesday, the International Esports Federation (IESF) congratulated the country and the Thailand E-sports Federation on entering the professional gaming world. on Twitter.
This would make esport the 14th largest recognized professional sports in Thailand, namely football, golf, jet ski, sepak takraw, volleyball, motorcycle racing, cycling, bowling, billiards. , badminton, tennis, basketball and motor racing, according to Thaiger.
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