Mayor Pledges Support for eSports at Award Ceremony
On November 26, Mayor Ko Wen-je presented awards to the winners of the “2017 Taipei Esports Tournament” at Taipei Expo Park.During his address, Ko noted that he was amazed at the uproarious scene at the eSports competitions organized by Youth Development Office (YDO) in the last two years. He pointed out that this year’s competition saw two categories – “Street Fighter V” for individuals and “Arena of Valor” for groups. The competition is the continuation of the city government’s “eSports Trio” policy.Recent surveys indicate that a phenomenon of the digital era involves a growing number of youths spending more time on watching video game competitions than watching sports events. Faced with the trend, the city government adopts the “private sector leads, government supports” stance towards the eSports industry. The city government’s supportive measures include providing administrative assistance in supporting video gaming competitions, cultivating talent in the field, and incubating industry players. However, Ko stressed that given the limited supply of government resources, it is pivotal to establish a platform for the development of video gaming industry. Through the collaboration between public and private sectors, Ko hopes to make Taipei a leading city in the international eSports arena.