Taiwan seniors test e-skills in League of Legends

Category: Sports


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. figure out / ˈfɪg yər aʊt / (phrasal v.) – to finally understand or solve something after a lot of thought

    We figured out how to complete the puzzle.

  2. dexterity / dɛkˈstɛr ɪ ti / (n.) – the skill to quickly and easily perform a difficult action using one’s hands

    Playing tennis requires dexterity.

  3. approach / əˈproʊtʃ / (n.) – a way of doing or dealing with something

    We need a different approach to solve the problem.

  4. ignorance / ˈɪg nər əns / (n.) – the state of not knowing about something

    Ignorance about a country’s culture may be a problem for tourists.

  5. painstaking / ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ / (adj.) – done with a lot of care, effort, and attention

    After several months of painstaking preparations, my wedding day has finally come.


Read the text below.

A year ago, 65-year-old Chiang Yi-Shu knew nothing about computers. Now, she is a League of Legends player who has just battled in her first-ever e-sports tournament.

Chiang is one of the players on Hungkuang Evergreen Gaming’s team, established last summer. The team, whose members range from 62 to 69 years old, was founded by Huang Jianji, the director of the department of multimedia game development and application at Hungkuang University.

“Frankly speaking, I knew very little about computers. I never thought of learning about it, because I prefer interactions with people,” Chiang said. “But when I started to play, I figured out that it was good for the brain. And especially the use of hands, you need to have dexterity.”

Chiang has been practicing at home and at the university when she has time. She plays about five hours every week, according to her coach, Ego Hsu. Though she lives in New Taipei City, she traveled to the university in Taichung, an hour away by high-speed rail, for the training class every week in preparation for a competition.

There is one difference in the approach to the game. With elderly team members, Hsu said the focus is less on killing, which is the main objective in battle-tournament games like League of Legends.

“So, when they play a game, I would make them enjoy it instead of killing their characters all the time. I think that having the character killed all the time would cause them depression. If they have their character killed quickly, I will blame myself because it would be my fault not to have taught them well,” she added.

Although the team lost the tournament, for Chiang and her teammates, just playing the game has been a chance to learn something new, and overcome her initial ignorance of technology.

“It’s not painstaking, but one must have the determination to do it, such as ‘I don’t want to lose. I have lived for some time now, and I should not let this beat me,’” she said. “And I overcame.”

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • Chiang’s team had members ranging from 62 to 69 years old. Do you think it’s a good idea to encourage 62- to 69-year-olds to play and compete in e-sports? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Chiang said she knew little about computers because she preferred human interactions. If people spent more time on computers, do you think it will affect human interactions? Why or why not? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • Do you think enjoying the game is more important than accomplishing the objectives of the game? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • In your opinion, what values can people learn from playing video games? Discuss.