HCM CITY– With nations all over the world asking their residents to remain at home to fight COVID-19, the video gaming and e-sports (or electronic sports) industry has actually removed. Nevertheless, even before the pandemic, there were expectations that video gaming would grow exponentially not just in industrialized areas but also in fast-developing countries like Việt Nam.

Việt Nam is an appealing growing market for the gaming market since of high smartphone penetration, with more than half of the population utilizing smart devices. High-speed web protection, including 4G networks, is also extensive, permitting users to play on the go.

Not just computer games

Appearing in Việt Nam almost 20 years back, video games have drawn in lots of people thanks to the advancement of the web and computer systems.

Đỗ Việt Hùng, general secretary of Vietnam Recreational and Electronic Sport Association (VIRESA), said that in order to be thought about an electronic sport, there need to be game rules, popularity, and competitiveness.

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

When recognised, these games need competition rules and are extensively available so that gamers can practice and contend according to the guidelines.

From there, it is possible to organise semi-professional and professional competitions, and expert players, coaches, teams, and referees then gradually appear.

Mai Quỳnh Anh, head of the electronic department of Box Sports Joint Stock Business, stated the business has five professional esport groups with more than 35 gamers. All of the athletes are professionally trained.

Next to training and the competitiveness of gamers, the organisation of tournaments is likewise performed expertly.

In the last few years, Việt Nam has actually organised many e-sports tournaments at the provincial, regional and nationwide levels.

This year, VIRESA plans on launching yearly competitions. The association will host professional and university level competitions, Vietnam Esports Championship (VEC) and University Esport Champion (UEC).

VEC is developed with the purpose of hiring Vietnamese agents to complete in worldwide arenas. Groups will have to register online at the competition’s main site and compete in city and provincial qualifiers before heading to local and national events. UEC will be open to semi-professional players.

VIRESA has yet to decide which and how many video games to include per league, but is considering 10 disciplines, including one PlayStation, and four computer and 5 mobile video games.

Việt Nam has actually also named esports as one of 40 disciplines of the 31th SEA Games, which is scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2 in Hà Nội.

Presently, the authorities are working out with agents of sports delegations of regional countries to settle on the disciplines, with the desire to draw in more nationwide groups to get involved.

Gamer is a job

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

Nguyễn Xuân Cường, head of VIRESA, stated that a professional player is a good task, however not everybody who can play video games can become an expert esport gamer.

It needs players to have standards such as sharp thinking and great health. Gamers should also go through the procedure of training and competition in a professional environment.

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

Expert players consist of Lê Quang Duy, likewise known as SofM, who plays for the Chinese professional esport team Suning Video gaming and helped the group finish runner-up to DAMWON Gaming in the 2020 World Champion final in Shanghai in October.

After the tournament, the Chinese professional esport team re-signed the Vietnamese gamer for another season. He will continue to use 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 VNĐ70 billion (US$ 3 million) annually.

According to Cường, esport professional players need to improve their personal achievements and add skills to construct their social image. With such training, esports gamers will have an above-average income.– VNS