SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korean teenager Yoon Ki-chan gets just three hours of sleep a day but spends more than three times that playing online games – with the blessing of his parents and teachers – as he dreams of becoming a top pro League Of Legends player.

Ki-chan and his peers are the next generation of gamers in South Korea, a fast-growing e-sports powerhouse whose players have won Riot Games’ League Of Legends World Championship six times since the most-watched e-sports event began in 2011.

They will also benefit from the country’s announcement in August that it would abolish a decade-old law which bans those below the age of 16 from playing online games on computers from midnight to 6am, over a growing consensus that youth are increasingly using their mobile phones to play instead.


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