“E-sports” officially added as a professional sport in Thailand

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The Royal Gazette today, September 21st, published the announcement of the Thai professional sports committee to include “e-sports” as one of the professional sports in Thailand.

E-sports, which stands for electronic sports, is a form of competition using video games that are often organized individually or as teams among multiplayer video game competitions, particularly professional players. Some of the most popular esports games nowadays include League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Dota 2, and Call of Duty.

As one of the Thai professional sports, E-Sports will now have rights and opportunities to seek assistance and support in various fields from the professional sports committee as well as the “Professional Sports Promotion Fund” of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

The authorities will provide welfare, athlete development, honoring professional athletes, promoting the athletes to become professional athletes nationally and internationally, and establishing the management of professional sporting events, sports clubs, and other professional sports associations.

Currently, according to the professional sports committee, there are 13 professional sports, namely 1. Football 2. Golf 3. Jet Ski 4. Volleyball 5. Takraw 6. Bowling 7. Motorcycle Racing 8. Bicycle 9. Car Racing 10. Snooker 11. Badminton 12. Tennis. 13. Basketball. E-sports will become the 14th legal professional sport in Thailand.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.