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A Filipino Senate aspirant wants to ban Dota 2, Mayor replies

Beth Lopez, the Filipino Senate aspirant, wants to replace games like Dota 2 with more educational games.

Looks like gaming isn’t for everyone. Even in days like these when esports is booming and becoming a billion dollar industry, a Filipino Senate aspirant, Beth Lopez, looks to be one of those people. After filing her candidacy for the senate, the 58-year-old said that she would replace these games with games that tackle school subjects like social studies.

Super Radyo dzBB's Manny Vargas posted a Tweet with the video of Beth Lopez making those promises.

In the video, she says, “Ang plano kong ipalit ay mga laro pang-edukasyon. Halimbawa, social studies na laro. So nananawagan ako sa mga programers ng ating bansa, gumawa po kayo ng kabutihan para sa taumbayan. Ang gawin niyo po, mga subject na laro. Sa gayon, magdamag man sila sa internet cafe, hindi lang sila naglalaro kundi nag-aaral ng leksiyon

(I plan to replace them (Dota, etc) with educational games. For example, a game about social studies. So I am reaching out to the programmers of our country, please do good for the people. Please make games about certain (educational) subjects so that, even if they spend the entire day in internet cafes, we know they're not just playing but learning as well.)

She also insinuates that the problems of students not graduating stem from gaming. “Kawawa naman ang mga magulang natin kapag sila ay nagpipilit na magsipag tapos ang anak... makikita na lang natin 'di pala nakagraduate ang anak,” she says.

(Our parents are so unfortunate when they insist on working so hard only to find their kids not being able to graduate).

Gaming and esports are now big industries.

According to statista.com, the esports industry will hit a global revenue of $1.65 billion. When talking about Dota 2, it is widely known that it has the highest prizepool of any esports tournament. The International has consistently been breaking its own record of the highest prizepool, with TI8 crossing 25 million dollar mark. Many countries have realized the potential of esports and some colleges even offer scholarships and programs for gaming. Video gaming is becoming a real job. (Hell, I get paid to write about them.)

But let’s not forget that video gaming does have a dark side as well. WHO recognizes video gaming addiction as a real problem, but it only currently affects 3 percent of the gamers. Parents should find a middle ground for their kids and their interest in gaming. Exercise and studies are extremely important in their developmental years. But it is what it is, a parenting concern. The government should not overstep into it and outright ban them.  

MN | Rudraaksh

MN | Rudraaksh

Rudraaksh is a dentist by trade but a gamer by heart. He’s written for adventure sports website and volunteered for a Germany based newsletter, but is currently taking the esports scene by storm.

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