Esports now officially accepted by SAT

  • Video game players compete against each other, at the Palais des Congres in Bordeaux during the eSports World Convention (ESWC) Summer edition, on July 2, 2017. More than 200 professional video-game players from around the world gather during weekend of July 1 and July 2, 2017 to attend the ESWC show in Bordeaux and confirm the growing place of eSports in our leisure society. / AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH

The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT)  has recognized “Esports” as a type of sport and agreed to allow the registration of E-sports association.

Decision to allow legal registration of electronic sports or Esports was made at the meeting of the SAT board chaired by Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul on July 27.

According to the SAT, Esports have been widely accepted by international sports organisations, while international level competitions are held regularly.

Besides, there was no scientific proof that Esports will encourage children to addict to video games.

Therefore, the SAT agreed to formally recognize the Esports as a sport under the Sports Authority of Thailand Act 2015.

Esports was earlier barred from being listed as a sports by the SAT board as it considered it was merely a demonstration sport, while some state agencies concerned that recognizing Esports as sport could bring more harm than good to Thai youths.

ESPN reported in April that the Olympic Council of Asia announced that it will include Esports in the 2018 Asian Games and make it a medal sport in 2022.

According to Wikipedia, ESports  are a form of competition that is facilitated by electronic systems, particularly video games.