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The Ukrainian Ministry for Youth and Sports has recognized esports as an official sports of the country. The decision was made following intense lobbying from two national esports associations in the country: the Ukrainian Esports Federation (UESF) and the Ukrainian Professional Cybersport Association.

“We cannot ignore this phenomenon because esports is developing very fast all over the world,” said Ukraine’s Sports Minister Vadym Gutzayt, according to the Esports Observer.

“Audience interest is growing every month as is the involvement of our population.

“We want our children, who are already at the computer most of the time, not to become addicted to gaming, but to be able to turn their hobby into an intellectual competition.”

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