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TPA urge gov't to make online gaming official sport

The China Post--A group of online computer game players who recently won a US$1 million championship in the U.S. paid a visit to lawmakers yesterday, soliciting their supports to boost the gaming industry in Taiwan.

During their trip to the People First Party's (PFP) caucus office in the Legislative Yuan, members of the Taipei Assassins (TPA) also urged the legislators to make online gaming an official sport locally for the future development of the industry.

TPA team leader Chen Hui-chung (陳彙中) said electronic sports, also known as competitive gaming, tests a player's hand-eye coordination, stamina and ability to focus.

Playing as a team in online games also builds team spirit and sportsmanship, Chen said, stressing that professional gaming is not unlike any other kind of sport.

Like other athletes, gamers also want to fight for national glory on the global stage, said Chen, 22. He called for government assistance to make competitive gaming an official sport in Taiwan.

The TPA defeated a South Korean team to win the “League of Legends” Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles Oct. 13. The team consisted of six players from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong, with an average age of 21.

The title win led to wide media coverage locally and also prompted lawmakers to ask 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 has pledged that the Cabinet will consider amending military service regulations so that elite young gamers can choose substitute roles in the future.

Speaking of their title, Chen Hui-chung said his team trained for over 10 hours a day over the past two months just to prepare for the competition in LA.

He thanked their sponsors for their support, which he said will help them focus on coming tournaments.

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