So Trump hates video games! His reasons for this is that he believes that these games ‘create monsters’. What he fails to realise is that the games and this industry create wealth for the United States. “ The esports market, already worth $194 million per year, is set to more than double in size by 2017 “(Pearson, 2015)
Trump believes he should keep people out of America. He is brainwashing his believers that it is ok to fear or hate foreigners. If he was to be elected, his belief is that he would not let people in that come from countries where terror is in effect. His negligence is clear. Because a person comes from a country where terror exists, does not render them as a terrorist. These people are trying to escape terror in the quest for peace and to live in a free world.
This article states that children of immigrants fill the ranks of America’s esports teams. Currently the process of getting an athletic visa is arduous. According to Paul Tassi’s article from 2013, he states that the United States does recognise esports as a legitimate way to get a sports visa (Tassi, 2013). This article states that gamers are questioned as part of visa conditions whether they make a living from video games and does this register them as an athlete? If Trump was to be elected, he intends to make entry into the United State even harder.
Trumps policy with immigration is interesting due his hypocritical stance on the issue. “I want talented people to come into this country — to work hard and become citizens”. (Diamond, 2015) Recently whilst at his rallies, he preaches about building walls to keep anybody but Americans within the country, does this not count for Sumail Hassan (net worth $2,287,216.56 (Earnings, 2012)) the esports athlete? Does this make Hassan not a professional? Does this say that Trump considers his career to be illegitimate? Hassan is obviously a very talented person who is committed to a career which Trump considers unprofessional?
In summing up, one can only hope that Trump is not elected for the sake of egamers in the future and for people who are trying to escape terrorism and to live in ‘the land of the free and home of the brave’.
Diamond, J. (2015) Donald Trump undermines his own immigration policy. Available at: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/18/politics/donald-trump-immigration-policy-tweets/index.html (Accessed: 21 August 2016).
Earnings, e.-S. (2012) Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Syed Hassan – Dota 2 player profile: E-sports earnings. Available at: http://www.esportsearnings.com/players/14196-sumail-sumail-hassan (Accessed: 21 August 2016).
Pearson, D. (2015) Report: ESports revenues to hit $465m in 2017. Available at: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-02-17-report-esports-revenues-to-hit-usd465m-in-2017 (Accessed: 21 August 2016).
Tassi, P. (2013) The U.S. Now recognizes eSports players as professional athletes. Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/07/14/the-u-s-now-recognizes-esports-players-as-professional-athletes/#10e7d488691d (Accessed: 21 August 2016).