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Movie Adaptations and Official Recognition Help Esports to Go Mainstream in China

Niji Narayan

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In recent years, China’s esports industry has gained ground in terms of cultural acceptability, especially when it brings in money.

Multi-platform esports club Invictus Gaming (Ig) has been one of the driving forces behind esports’ push for mainstream respectability.

Invictus Gaming sponsored the winning team at the International Dota 2 tournament in 2012 and League of Legends World Championship 2018. Their successes have helped prompt the authorities into action, with a raft of announcements in recent months aimed at professionalising and popularising esports in China.

On July 31, 85 players of Dota 2, FIFA Online 4, Warcraft III: Frozen Throne and four other major esports titles received registered athlete certificates from the Sports Bureau of Shanghai, Sports Federation of Shanghai, and Shanghai Electronic Sports Association. The registrations were also joined by proclamations of plans to turn Shanghai into a “global esports capital” and an announcement from NetEase that they would soon be starting construction on a new esports park in the eastern Chinese city.

The King’s Avatar, a 6-million-character-long novel written by Wang Dong and serialised on online literature site qidian.com, has become one of China’s most successful pieces of original intellectual property. The title, which began publishing in 2011, has been adapted into graphic novels, animated series, a stage play and a mobile game.

The story might not seem so innovative at first glance. A legendary professional player, Ye Xiu, leads his team to three consecutive national championships for a multiplayer online battle arena game called “Glory,” but is marginalised by the team manager for his low-key and unprofitable lifestyle. Ye Xiu quits and becomes a worker at an internet café, where he meets different kinds of players, builds a new team, then fights his way back to the professional league.

The King’s Avatar live-action adaptation has been viewed over 960 million times as of this writing, less than halfway through its 40-episode run. The first season of the title’s animated adaptation on Bilibili, meanwhile, has been viewed 120 million times by 4.66 million unique Generation Z viewers.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Losers and Winners of Online Gambling in China

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Countless ordinary Chinese people, driven by greed and ignorance, have fallen into online gambling like the moths flying towards the fire.

In 2018, Chinese handset maker Gionee was forced into bankruptcy liquidation. The reason was that Liu Lirong, the owner of Gionee, gambled and lost more than 1 billion Chinese yuan in Saipan Island, leading to a shortage of operating capital and final bankruptcy.

Traditional Confucianism holds that gambling means greed and depravity. Many Chinese literary works and academic studies have portrayed Chinese gamblers and many people think that Chinese people are fond of gambling.

Before the rise of online gambling in many countries, China’s neighbouring countries once set up casinos in border areas with China to attract Chinese tourists and gamblers. Gambling-related criminal cases caused a lot of trouble for the Chinese government. Under pressure from the Chinese government, casinos in many border areas had been shut down.

The rise of online gambling has changed the story. Gaming companies have been able to spread their tentacles into every corner of China with the help of internet.

The reason why the gaming companies in the Philippines employ a large number of Chinese employees is that all of the Chinese employees can speak Chinese and most of the customers they serve are Chinese citizens.

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Police Bust Online Gambling Ring in Taoyuan

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Police have arrested six people from Taoyuan in connection with an online gambling operation. Among the six, one man is suspected as being the ringleader of the online gambling business.

Police also seized eight computers, two printers, seven mobile phones and other electronic devices, the Police department said.

The gambling website allowed people to place bets on a range of sports competitions being held overseas, including baseball, basketball and football, as well as in Hong Kong’s popular Mark Six lottery. The illegal gambling ring had raked in profits of millions of Taiwan dollars this year based on total bets of NT$2.2 billion (US$70.88 million).

The suspected ringleader has admitted that he was running the gambling site. The case has now been handed over to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for further investigation.

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Vietnam Police Busts $69 Million Online Gambling Ring

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Vietnam police have busted a gang that allegedly helped gamblers bet VND1.6 trillion ($69 million) through b8ag.com and arrested 13 people. The authorities have seized cash worth $240,000, eight cars, several computers, phones and other items.

The Ministry of Public Security said that six people would be charged with organising gambling and the others with gambling.

Hoang Lai Nam, 41, of Hanoi, one of the suspects, ran the gambling operation through a multilingual website hosted on an overseas server. It was mainly active in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Ho Chi Minh and Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

Vietnam has considerably relaxed its stance on gambling as a “social evil,” legalising sports betting in 2017 and allowing people aged over 21 with a monthly income of at least VND10 million ($445) to play in a casino in the southern Phu Quoc Island on a pilot basis. But all other forms of gambling remain illegal.

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