Thailand Government to Recognize Esports as a Professional Sport of Country: Esports is a burgeoning industry in Thailand. Thailand and the Southeast Asian region have piqued the interest of even American groups. Thailand’s government has officially recognized esports as a professional sport, according to a tweet from the International Esports Federation.
According to a report from The National Thailand, this proclamation was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette, a public journal of record in Thailand where the Thai government typically announces initiatives and laws. The Thai government’s declaration was made public via the Thai E-Sports Federation’s (TESF) Facebook page, which includes the whole notification and order issued by the Thai government.
The announcement will bring a slew of advantages to the local esports business and its stakeholders. This includes money, national recognition, promotion, and assistance with event management, clubs, and other groups. In addition, the Sports Authority of Thailand and its Professional Sports Promotion Fund will provide financial assistance to suitable esports teams and players.
Esports officially became a professional sport in Thailand! 🎊
Congratulations to Thailand, and the Thailand Esports Federation on achieving official recognition of esports as a professional sport 👏👏https://t.co/EbhjrYkOVn
— IESF (@IeSF_Master) September 22, 2021
The Thai government has collaborated with the TESF on a number of projects that have provided government officials with the necessary training to better understand the esports business and aid them in arranging regional championships.
Looking at Facebook posts from the TESF and the Sports Authority of Thailand, we can see that the TESF has been collaborating with the Phuket provincial government to better educate government personnel about the esports business, including providing esports-specific human resources training.
The TESF, based in Bangkok, organizes and sanctions competitions throughout Southeast Asia, both domestically and internationally. The 2020 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament, for example, was courted by Razer and Samsung Galaxy as event partners.