The meeting of the group was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Education, as well as the Federation of Computer Sports of Russia and developers of computer games and gaming platforms.

As Khamitov noted, in order to eliminate the risk of technological lagging behind developed countries, it is necessary to start “acting now”, providing support to “domestic manufacturers of games, software, modern IT solutions”, including through grants.

“We will work on the introduction of eSports lessons in schools.

We are in touch with the relevant departments, and they approve this idea,” the deputy said.

According to the President of the Russian Computer Sports Federation Dmitry Smith, for starters, this should be an additional, not compulsory education.

He recalled that for many parents, “esports still remain incomprehensible.”

The members of the working group also suggested lowering the age of esports players: today, training in esports can start from the age of 12, and participate in competitions from the age of 14.

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