The Russian eSports Federation has put forward a package of proposals to support eSports, which includes the possibility of a deferment from the army for eSports players, the TASS news agency reported, citing federation president Dmitry Smith.
After the meeting of the State Duma working group on eSports, Dmitry Smith told reporters:
We have developed a whole package of proposals to support eSports. Now there is pressure, many athletes are trying to lure away. We are not saying that all esportsmen should not serve, there will be a delay, but then, when the time comes, let them serve in a specialized company. Fine motor skills are important there, and in the conditions of modern weapons, where decisions need to be made in tenths of a second, they can bring benefit and maximum effect to the homeland.
The federation also proposes to provide Russian cybersportsmen with out-of-competition selection to universities for bachelor’s and specialist’s programs. To do this, gamers must show high results in international competitions.
Recall that eSports received official status in Russia in 2017, when the Ministry of Sports issued an order to include it in the main register of sports. The Moscow State University of Physical Culture, Sports, Youth and Tourism even has a specialty “Theory and Methods of Computer Sports”.