E-sports is not just child's play

I am inspired by the commitment Team Faceless has in trying to achieve its dream of becoming world champions of multiplayer online game Dota 2 ("Hothousing in an e-sports team house"; Oct 26).

It is not easy being a professional gamer in Singapore.

Teams competing at international e-sports tournaments have to dedicate a massive amount of time to practise together and formulate strategies to remain relevant in a constantly evolving virtual landscape.

On top of that, every player must have quick reflexes and the mental agility to make on-the-spot decisions.

As a nation, we should accept broader definitions of success and support our talented home-grown players who dare to dream big.

Perhaps we could grant national service deferment to those who have the potential to attain outstanding achievements in top international e-sports tournaments.

I hope we can change the popular mindset that video gaming is bad, and show people that it is not just child's play.

Wu Yu, 11,

Primary 5 pupil

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'E-sports is not just child's play'. Subscribe