The Thai e-sports community was surprised by an unexpected winner at a local video game tournament, which, as mentioned in the title, is a team of monks who are playing on smartphones. Yes, this is really 2019
In perhaps the first incident in the history of pro games, these young Buddhist trainees stunned their rivals when they entered the competition room dressed in traditional clothes at an electronic sports tournament set up by Khon Kaen University in Thailand, teaching their opponents a moral (and perhaps spiritual) lesson in the most polite way in the world of video games.
The competition was in Speed Drifters game for Android, where the young monks were able to win through organized teamwork the first place, but the popularity of social media for them was inevitably the biggest prize.
“We wanted to give the students an opportunity. A lot of them don’t have that coming from poor families or broken homes, The three want to compete, they asked to. So we gave them the opportunity.” chuckled Kokkiad Chaisamchareonlap, a monk and academic coordinator at the school.
The winners belong to the Balee Sathit Suksa monk training school, which provides young people with religious classes 20 hours a week, while regular academic subjects and smart phone play between lessons as well as online gaming through PCs take up the rest of these pupils’ time.
Although the victory of these monks gave a beautiful example of the ability of video games to reach all spectrums of society, some Thai parties resented the appearance of these students in their religious appearance at such an event, saying that wearing these clothes “inappropriate” and insulting to Buddhism.
However, esports will continue to reach every corner of the world with its continuous growth and acceleration in an unprecedented way, thanks to the availability of many competitive games via smart phones available in each home, and being the ideal starting point for this competitive world, which extends to home consoles and personal computers for .