An important hearing was held on Monday 3 April at the Chamber of Deputies with the Italian Esports Observatory as protagonist: the CEO and founder of the Observatory, Luigi Caputoproposed to include competitive gaming in the categories affected by the Sport Reform.
L’hearing chaired by the Honorable Federico Mollicone had the aim of opening a fact-finding investigation on issues related to sports work, with a technical table that brought together various exponents of the Italian sports world who were able to make proposals to the parliamentarians of the Commission on the Reform of Sport about to enter into force.
In the speech by Luigi Caputo, the greatest exponent of the Italian Esports Observatory brought the figure of pro players to the Commission’s attention: the Reform of Sport in fact envisages paying particular attention to sports work, identifying the methods that define professional activities and the greatest opportunities for growth. For Caputo, consequently, the Reform could represent an extraordinary opportunity for theinclusion of the pro player figure within the category of sports workers.
In his speech, Caputo also underlined how the current Italian legislation does not provide for any basic definition for pro players and their professional figure, a legislative loophole which causes disorientation in thousands of young people who, wanting to embrace this career, are not protected by any kind of regulatory, fiscal and social security guarantee.
Consequently, for the CEO of the Italian Esports Observatory, the recognition of the figure of pro players within the Sport Reform would not only have the advantage of enhancing professional figures such as coaches, streamers and content creators, but would also represent a great opportunity for investment growth by operators in the sector, who are waiting for clear rules to be able to work safely. Through this link to the WebTV of the Chamber of Deputies it is possible to review the entire hearing and Caputo’s speech.