The Minister of Communication and Information (Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika) RI Rudiantara has spoken out about e-sports including Mobile Legends discussed in the Presidential Election debate on Saturday (04/13/2019).
Rudiantara, the Minister of Communication and Information: “E-Sports is a professional sport,”
He stated that the government has supported and encouraged the development of online games in Indonesia. According to him, young people from the country are able to make it as a profession and compete at an international scale.
“E-sports must be encouraged to become an actual profession because we have so many young people who are good at e-sports. Many good professional gamers, for instance, jess no limit (Indonesian gamer), how much income do they make from e-sports?” said Rudiantara to Tribunnews.com in Sukabumi, West Java, Sunday (4/15/2019).
“Just like football players, who are paid professionals. Now there are many matches, so we need to continue developing it. This is not gaming done in a negative context. Just like chess is a form of exercise for the brain, e-sports uses the brain to tell the fingers to do as they’re told,” he added.
Rudiantara explains what governments can do to support e-sports, such as holding large-scale competitions and fostering the game developer community in a number of regions.
The former Indosat boss revealed that e-sport is likely to become a booming business in Indonesia. The value of the business, he revealed, reached USD 700 million last year.
“Firstly, this makes it a professional sport. Secondly, it has become a real achievement due to the Asian Games, and thirdly this is a potential business for young people to pursue and become game developers. It has already begun as well,” he said.
“An example of game love is by the French. That is what has developed the concentration of game developers in Jogja, as well as in Bandung. The government has fostered this. Then comes local games, all we have to wait for is the government’s push in order to promote it,” he added.
The Candidates Weigh In on the Future Prospects of E-Sports for the New Presidential Term
In the fifth presidential election debate on the 15th of April, candidate number 01 Joko Widodo took the opportunity to ask about the development of e-sport to the vice presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno.
In their answer, Sandi confirmed that e-sport was indeed one of the sectors that developed alongside the fast pace of digital transformation in the economy. Especially nowadays when the number of e-sports enthusiasts are very high.
“The Indonesian millennials are great, I call them the ‘POP’ generation, as they are positive, optimistic, and productive. Our strategy is very clear to back entrepreneurship and the key to government is to facilitate this since we cannot regulate this fast developing industry, “explained Sandi.
Meanwhile, Jokowi believes that the government must be more aware of global changes, including the entry of e-sports related items.
“We must anticipate artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data, virtual reality. In the financial sector, there is bitcoin. There are professions available now for children who love to be gamers. Don’t let us miss this chance to respond, either by increased advertising or budget shifts in large quantities. We should respond with correct regulations, as professionals requires great practice,” Jokowi explained.