Newbee grants athlete certificates
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Newbee headquarters report: all tagged players have received athletes certificates in the city of Shanghai, China. Despite the gradual warming of relations between various sports institutes and esports, this is the first time when professional gamers are included in the pleiad of traditional sportsmen.
Prerequisites for this, we dare to call it so, significant event began in November 2018, when the Shanghai Esports Association released an interesting document called "Measures for the Registration of Shanghai Esports Athletes". With the help of such a certificate, a registered esports player could join the ranks of athletes representing Shanghai at national or international sports competitions.
The organisation's public statement says the main advantages of administrative innovation are notable:
The certification helps Chinese esports players to find their own value and their parents are more confident to support the career chosen by their children. We wish the plan for the development of our industry can get better and better.
Despite its fantastic potential, esports is still at the beginning of the path of recognition and approval. Such initiatives can change the harmful mentality of not only journalistic but also sports organisations, both in Asia and around the world. Esports is already a part of in the Southeast Asian Games but still has not reached the Olympics.
Qinqin Zhu, the vice president of Shanghai Esports Association, believes that these certificates will push esports to join traditional sports in major competitions:
The certification of esports professional players is necessary for realising the development of esports standardisation, and it is also a vital measure for the government to standardise these projects.
It is especially important for the construction of the entire industry ecosystem to recognise professional gamers as a true athlete. This will greatly raise public awareness to accept esports and pave an avenue for esports to enter the Asian Games, the Olympic Games and other comprehensive sports events.
In December 2017, Shanghai Municipal People’s Government announced the initiative to create an esports capital. A number of politicians encouraged investors to build arenas, develop esports broadcasts, support international events and create an ecosystem.
Shanghai is currently the most developed esports region in China. Professional players certification has once again proved that local authorities can take the industry to a new level.
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