Thailand’s mobile market continues to grow, anticipated by mobile experts to nearly double by 2017. There is also the role of the publisher, a company that produces Esport software and games. Once eSports athletes retire, they can also take up bigger roles such as becoming owners of affiliates or clubs, team managers, and coaches.
While that might all sound harmless enough, the lure of turning gaming into a well-paid career can leave children spending just about every waking moment in the high-pressure, overly stimulating virtual gaming world. Removed from the realities of life at home and school, they are at increased risk of suffering mental health troubles. Real Free Soccer is on position 5 of the biggest Thai game publishers.
Exploring similar solutions in Thailand would almost certainly allow the wider population to access effective treatment to counter this unfolding epidemic. Dr Yongyud Wongpiromsarn of the country’s Department of Mental Health has blamed the official recognition of eSports for a 100% rise in the number of children addicted to online gaming. And Thailand’s Institute of Child and Adolescent Mental Health warned in September 2018 that as many as 60 children have sought treatment for game addiction in a matter of months.
In addition to this Garena has signed an MOU with four universities to develop curricula on gaming, which include eSports too. An example of such support was Garena World 2018, an event that was organized this past April which received sponsorship from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Afterwards it got more reception, especially from the public sector after the government recognized eSports as an official sport.
However it is like we are starting over again because we are now at the early stages of having eSports competitions at the national level. If players are able to build a reputation, they will get more sponsorship and this will help athletes have a clear goal. When the Diamond Cobra team prepared to compete in the Asian Games, it sent photos and updates to the association and received payment from the SAT. Clubs should refer to how overseas clubs plan in preparing athletes where even though they may have not won a championship, they still received a wide range of benefits. We are still waiting for eSports to be a part of big sports events such as the Asian Games or the Olympics for real.
Around 380 million people around the world now watch eSports competition. Thailand is new to the game compared to China and South Korea, which are the number one and number four largest eSports markets globally. Other businesses have shown an interest in supporting eSports through sponsorships, hosting eSports events and tournaments, and supporting eSports athletes. Other examples include the Workpoint TV channel’s eSports programme called “King of Gamer”. Newzoo also forecasts the 2020 global eSports market value will reach $1.48 billion, up from $696 million in 2017.
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency said Thailand’s game software industry is worth over Bt10 billion, with 12 per cent growth per year. The game generated about US$2.4 billion in digital revenue in 2018, according to SuperData research, the most annual revenue of any game in history. Monster global sensations like the online game Fortnite have seemingly forever changed the business models of developers. Its creators have been aggressive in integrating the ability to make purchases within the game, triggering something akin to “sneaker culture”, according to Adair. He says it was “astonishing” when e-sports were recognised by the Thai government and he has called on a review of that decision.
Android Support Library V442% of mobile games from Thai publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. Android Support Library V4, developed by Google’s Android team, is a platform that helps app developers manage the release of new API versions. Rather than developing code to handle the provisioning of new features on earlier releases, developers can leverage Android Support Library V4 to provide that compatibility layer.
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