Chi­nese es­ports play­ers wit­ness coun­try’s open­ing-up

Global Times - - EDITORIAL - By Li Qingqing Page Ed­i­tor: li­[email protected]­al­

Ac­cord­ing to thep­a­, the coach of a fa­mous South Korean es­ports team King­zone DragonX said that South Korean es­ports have gen­er­ally re­gressed. He also said that China will catch up and sur­pass South Korea in es­ports in a short pe­riod of time.

The coach was right. The in­spir­ing progress of Chi­nese es­ports not only re­flects Chi­nese young peo­ple’s en­thu­si­asm for the game, but also shows China’s younger gen­er­a­tion’s pur­suit of tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment.

As the sec­ond largest econ­omy in the world, the num­ber of China’s Gen­er­a­tion Z (Gen-Z) – the gen­er­a­tion born af­ter 1995 – has reached 149 mil­lion. This gen­er­a­tion grew up in a more open en­vi­ron­ment and they have wit­nessed China’s rapid­de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy. To­day, many young Chi­nese couldn’t live with­out the in­ter­net in their life and work. Their pur­suit of high-tech has pro­moted the devel­op­ment of all walks of life in China in­clud­ing Chi­nese es­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to an Au­gust re­port by gam­ing in­dus­try re­search firm CNG and the China Au­dio-video and Dig­i­tal Pub­lish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the num­ber of China’s es­ports play­ers reached 428 mil­lion in 2018. If the tech­nol­ogy lagged be­hind, how could China meet these gamers’ de­mands in such a huge mar­ket? With the devel­op­ment of on­line live-stream­ing tech­nol­ogy, to­day’s Chi­nese peo­ple can watch play­ers from all over the world play­ing games on­line. With vir­tual re­al­ity prod­ucts, Chi­nese au­di­ences can even watch es­ports games in an im­mer­sive way with­out step­ping out of the house, as if they were really on the scene.

In only a few years, China’s es­ports have de­vel­oped rapidly and this was largely brought about by tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. The younger gen­er­a­tion’s en­thu­si­asm won’t stop. China won’t stop lead­ing the global 5G mar­ket. It would be tremen­dous progress if Chi­nese es­ports and other in­dus­tries can fur­ther com­bine with 5G tech­nol­ogy in the fu­ture.

Com­pared with older gen­er­a­tions, the men­tal­ity of young Chi­nese is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Grow­ing up in the in­ter­net era, their mind-set is more open. Un­like their par­ents, to­day’s youth re­ceive a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and some have even sur­passed their peers in West­ern coun­tries. Wu Sheng, a re­tired Chi­nese pro­fes­sional es­ports player, grad­u­ated from Zhe­jiang Univer­sity and ma­jored in bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. Many of China’s Gen-Z went abroad when they were chil­dren. They travel a lot, speak flu­ent English, are full of com­pet­i­tive spirit and are also highly sen­si­tive to new tech­nolo­gies. As they are cre­at­ing new tech­nol­ogy, they are also cre­at­ing new mar­kets.

Not only es­ports, but all trades need tech­nol­ogy to move for­ward. China’s young gen­er­a­tion pur­sues tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment. They want to use tech­nol­ogy to change their life, a vi­tal mo­ti­va­tion for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. As China vows to open wider to the world, younger gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese, who have ben­e­fited from re­form and openingup, are step­ping for­ward. With a broader, more global per­spec­tive, they will craft the fu­ture of China.

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