With countries worldwide asking their citizens to stay at house to eliminate COVID-19, the video gaming and e-sports (or electronic sports) industry has removed.

However, even prior to the pandemic, there were expectations that gaming would grow exponentially not only in developed areas however also in fast-developing countries like Vietnam.

Vietnam is an appealing growing market for the video gaming industry since of high smartphone penetration, with more than 50 percent of the population using smart devices. High-speed web protection, including 4G networks, is also widespread, allowing users to use the go.

Not just computer games

Appearing in Vietnam nearly 20 years ago, video games have drawn in lots of people thanks to the advancement of the internet and computer systems.

Do Viet Hung, basic secretary of Vietnam Recreational and Electronic Sport Association (VIRESA), stated that in order to be thought about an electronic sport, there need to be video game rules, popularity, and competitiveness.

Out of millions of video games on computer system or mobile platforms, there are more than 10 video games acknowledged as e-sports, such as League of Legends, Mobile Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for mobile and desktop computer version, Free Fire, League of Legends, Dota 2, Pro Advancement Soccer and FIFA Online 4.

Once acknowledged, these video games need competitors rules and are extensively available so that players can practice and contend according to the rules.

From there, it is possible to arrange semi-professional and expert competitions, and professional gamers, coaches, groups, and referees then gradually appear.

Mai Quynh Anh, head of the electronic department of Box Sports Joint Stock Business, said the company has five professional esport teams with more than 35 gamers. All of the professional athletes are professionally trained.

Beside training and the competitiveness of players, the organisation of competitions is likewise carried out expertly.

In current years, Vietnam has organised lots of e-sports tournaments at the provincial, local and nationwide levels.

This year, VIRESA intend on launching annual tournaments. The association will host expert and varsity level competitions, Vietnam Esports Champion (VEC) and University Esport Champion (UEC).

VEC is created with the function of recruiting Vietnamese agents to complete in global arenas. Groups will have to sign up online at the competition’s official site and contend in city and provincial qualifiers before heading to local and nationwide occasions. UEC will be open to semi-professional players.

VIRESA has yet to decide which and how lots of video games to include per league, however is considering 10 disciplines, including one PlayStation, and 4 computer system and five mobile games.

Vietnam has actually also called esports as one of 40 disciplines of the 31st SEA Games, which is scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi.

Presently, the authorities are working out with representatives of sports delegations of local nations to settle on the disciplines, with the desire to bring in more national groups to get involved.

Gamer is a job

Previously, video games on PC or Mobile platforms were just video games for entertainment, and gamers were called players. Now that esports have been recognised, professional gamers are also being acknowledged.

Nguyen Xuan Cuong, head of VIRESA, said that a professional gamer is an excellent job, however not everybody who can play computer game can end up being an expert esport player.

It needs players to have standards such as sharp thinking and excellent health. Gamers need to likewise go through the procedure of training and competition in an expert environment.

Professional esports gamers have a great deal of advantages. They are trained and reside in a highly disciplined environment, and discover to communicate and promote their image, and can get a high earnings.

Professional players include Le Quang Duy, also called SofM, who plays for the Chinese professional esport team Suning Gaming and assisted the group surface runner-up to DAMWON Video gaming in the 2020 World Champion final in Shanghai in October.

After the competition, the Chinese expert esport team re-signed the Vietnamese player for another season. He will continue to wear Suning Gaming’s jersey throughout the 2021 League of Legends Pro League season.

According to NewsQQ, an online paper in China, SofM is paid more than VND70 billion (US$ 3 million) each year.

According to Cuong, esport professional players require to enhance their personal accomplishments and include abilities to construct their social image. With such training, esports players will have an above-average earnings. VNS