Chinese Government Identifies Esports as a Profession, PUBG Details Esports Plans for China

March 11, 2019


In the week leading up to the Chinese New Year, esports business news has begun to cool down in the country. Nevertheless, there were a number of key market developments worth noting.

Alisports announced that the 2018-2019 WESG Grand Final will be held in Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, with over $2.5M USD as the total prize pool. PUBG Corp. announced its esports plan in China for the first half of 2019. Also, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has identified two professions—esports professional and esports operator—but seems to show a lack of understanding of the industry.

On Jan 25, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (CMHRSS) announced that “esports professional” and “esports operator” will be officially recognized as two new professions in the country, alongside 13 other new professions including A.I. engineer, big data engineer, and drone pilot.

For “esports operator,” CMHRSS identifies it is those who work on organizing esports tournaments and the resulting content. For “esports professional,” the ministry uses the term to describe those who compete in esports professional tournaments, perform in an esports event, or those who also train/scrimmage with pro players.

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