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Chances offered by national heroes shouldn't be wasted

Locals were overjoyed earlier this week when our small island country once again made its name internationally after a group of video game players defeated South Korea to win a million-dollar competition in the U.S.

The Taipei Assassins took home the top honor at the "League of Legends" Season 2 World Championship held in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The team's five members, aged between 19-23, won US$1 million in prize money. But more importantly, the triumph once again allowed the global community to witness the talent of Taiwanese youth and the nation's soft power, making these youngsters the latest "glory of Taiwan."

The championship title led to the local media's latest round of mania, with almost all local newspapers running the story on their front pages. They praised the players' amazing performances and took special pleasure in the team's title win over South Korea, Taiwan's main rival in almost every field on the world stage.

The wide media coverage also prompted lawmakers to urge the government to draw up concrete policies to bolster Taiwan's rising video game industry and to help professional gamers.

In response, Premier Sean Chen promised that the Cabinet will consider amending military service regulations so that elite young gamers can choose substitute roles in the future.

Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling (蔣偉寧) also said a mechanism could be established to grant top gamers admission to prestigious colleges.

While congratulating the Taipei team on putting the name of Taiwan in the global spotlight, The China Post would also like to give credit to the central government for its willingness to put more emphasis on the nation's gaming industry.

With the possible assistance of the state, more Taiwanese youths who are interested in playing online games could be given an opportunity to explore their potential.

Government intervention could also boost local participation in online gaming, which is seen as an official sport in many countries and is also a profitable industry for local companies to invest in.

However, we would also like to remind the government that policies must be forward-thinking and comprehensive if they are to be of real help to the industry in the long run.

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