Hangzhou recently announced it would be providing $14 million in funding to support video games and esports in the region. This plan was announced by Hangzhou’s municipal government around the same time China claimed that it had reportedly solved its gaming addiction problem among minors.
As part of this plan, several academic institutions in Hangzhou will establish degree programs related to the gaming industry. This reportedly includes majors in video game animation and esports.
Additionally, the government said it will “strengthen the regulation and positive guidance” of the video game industry. This aligns with China’s gaming regulations for minors which were implemented last year.
“[We should] dig deep into the comprehensive value of games, culture, technology, and innovation, and further create a good ecosystem for the gaming industry,” a Hangzhou official said.
(All information was provided by South China Morning Post)