Every young gamer at least has wished to become a professional gamer once. Of course, only few of us can make that wild dream come true. Becoming a pro gamer is a difficult path, and on this path, you are highly likely to encounter a lot of preventions from your family as well as social prejudgement. However, things are changing rapidly favoring the esports industry.

China – a country well-known for heavy social prejudgement due to their strict traditions – is on the verge of making a historical milestone for the esports industry in China as well as the whole world as they are looking to recognize both esports athletes and event managers as new professions.

According to a report by Xinhua – a press agency officially owned by the Chinese Government, those two above jobs are listed among 13 other jobs that will be recognized as true professions in China. The list also has some other really interesting jobs: AI engineers, big data engineers, drone pilots, etc … All of these careers are the result of rapid technology growth, and it seems that China is quickly adopting this result positively.

Also stated in the report, this list is still in need of amendments, although it is the result of a selecting and analyzing process by Chinese the biggest organization about labors – Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. The China Employment Training Technical Instruction Center has published the list to collect opinions from the residents (which will end on January 31).

The list, of course, has gone viral on Chinese social media, with many saying that they now wanted to play video games for a living. Nevertheless, others expressed concerned about the lope holes of the legal framework coming after and hoped for a legal distinction between esports enthusiasts and professional players.

This is certainly a right decision from China government, considering the fact that China is currently one of the biggest esports markets in the world. This country’s esports market has exceeded $13 billion in 2018 and the expected number in the next two years will be $18 billion in 2019 and $23 billion in 2020, said a report by analyst CNG.

Not just about the money, Chinese esports athletes have brought back great fame for their country. 2018 is the year of success for Chinese esports, in both League of Legends (LoL) and DOTA2 biggest championship. Chinese team Invictus Gaming were the champions of the 2018 LoL World Championships. Meanwhile, Chinese team PSG.LGD (who has entered a partnership with French football giants Paris Saint-Germain on April 19th, 2018) got second place in Dota 2’s The International 2018 and won $4 million to enter the last year. With these improvements, will we see an esports medal event in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China? And even more important, do you think Indian government will do the same in the future?

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Invictus Gaming winning the champions of the 2018 LoL World Championships