Thai government through the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) plans on e-sport promotion for the country’s development
Thai government seeks to upgrade system for e-sports, to promote it as a promising new business given its THB22 billion (US$701 million) revenue last year putting it on 19th position in the world, up from 19.7 billion in 2017, The Bangkok Post reported.
“E-sports has increased in popularity over the past decade in Thailand as the local game market and e-sports are growing steadily,” said Chutinat Wongsuban, deputy secretary-general of NESDC.
In 2017, the record showed that there were 18.3 million gamers in Thailand, which accounts for one-fourth of the population. Wongsuban said that the government should support game developers by offering them assistance and tax measures.
Within the same year, the Sports Authority of Thailand also approved e-sports certification as a registered sport type in a sports association, according to the Sports Authority of Thailand Act 2015.
Aside from the gamers tally, there were 2.6 million viewers of e-sports competitions in Thailand last year, a figure that’s expected to increase by 30 per cent by 2021.
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The positive outlook is reinforced further by the study conducted by NESDC together with Research Center for Social and Business Development on e-sports in Thailand among 2,155 children and youth aged 13-24 years, and 1,051 parents of children aged 13-24. Covering Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Khon Kaen, and Songkhla province, the results from 404 e-sports participants showed a promising trend for e-sports business.
E-sports business is said to create careers and related occupations such as game casters, game reviewers, commentators, referees, and competition organisers. The survey noted that the respondents believed that it creates opportunities and motivation for children and teenagers to be more creative.
However, at the moment, Thailand does not yet have a law on e-sports and there’s only a ministerial regulation on the permission and operation of video stores under the Film and Video Act 2008. It controls game cafes by defining the duration of the play time and the use of children in the cafes, not age ratings for gaming content.
In foreign countries, there are measures that help determine the type of game (ratings), control advertising, and public relations, as well as supervise e-sports participants and competitions.
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An economic boost on one side, but a potential addiction inducer on the other side. The study also warned that children can be exposed to negative health effects, mood, and behaviour, such as back pain, body aches, and eye problems as a result of gaming addiction, and adults may be prone to gambling and career instability.
Summer Shapewear You’ll Want in Your Wardrobe
Summer is here! It’s time to say goodbye to those oversized winter clothes and break out our favorite summer dresses. We clearly adore our feminine summer dresses – both the ones waiting patiently in our wardrobes and the new ones we are currently lusting over in stores.
However, it’s no secret that they aren’t as comfortable or forgiving as our winter knits. A lot of summer dresses tend to have body-hugging silhouettes that don’t forgive any bumps or lumps This is where shapewear comes in!
Shapewear has evolved immensely over the years, and there are many breathable options for the warm weather that help to slim and smooth your silhouette. With summer here, you’ll need some versatile pieces of shapewear to help get you through the season.
Mid-Thigh Body Shapers
These are the ultimate shapers for anyone wanting full body coverage, and can be used for all of your summer dresses – in particular for those tight, clingy, bodycon dresses. All mid-thigh body shapers will conform to your shape, while helping you achieve a figure-hugging, and more importantly, figure-flattering, silhouette!
Camisoles and tank tops are perfect for all summer dresses that are slightly more fitted at the top – such as fit and flare, A-line, or skater dresses. A lightweight cami means we can achieve that enviable smooth and slim shape without having to wear a full shapewear piece.
Additionally, our favorite 3-in-1 shaping cami is free of any bust-compressing features, which means we are one step closer to that hourglass figure we so desperately long for. Be sure to choose camisoles in neutral shades such as nude, white, and black to ensure they go with everything in your wardrobe!
Light Control Shaping Briefs
For all other dresses, you’ll want a pair of shaping briefs. They’re perfect for tucking your stomach in, and will keep you feeling secure all day and all night. They are also extremely comfortable and lightweight, making them perfect for long summer days.
We would wear these with everything from skater dresses to loose, flowing maxi dresses. The best part is that they aren’t just exclusive to dresses and skirts, either. They’re also great to wear with all of our summer pants – from cool white trousers to skinny jeans – as they will give a smooth, slim silhouette no matter what you wear!
As with all pieces of summer-ready shapewear, ensure your shaping briefs come in a breathable material to keep you cool in even the hottest of temperatures.
With summer already here, you don’t want anything holding you back from finally enjoying the warm weather. Stock up on these versatile shapewear pieces, dress to impress, and enjoy the beauty summer has to offer!