The industry has claimed that Esports (Electronic sports) is a competitive sport in which esports competitors use their physical and mental prowess to compete in certain video game genres in a virtual, electronic setting.
Esports received a huge boost from the Indian government on Tuesday when it was incorporated into the nation’s mainstream sports disciplines. Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, amended the regulations governing eSports by the authority “conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution” and requested that the Government Officially Recognised Esports “e-Sports be included as part of multi-sports events” from the Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and Sports.
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The Government has Officially Recognised Esports
After being added to the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta as a demonstration sport, which meant that medals earned in the sport were not included in the official total of medals, there has been an increase in the desire for Esports to be included in the curriculum of multi-discipline competitions.
However, the President’s announcement on December 23 that the IT Ministry would be the focal point for issues relating to online gaming and that the Sports Ministry would be required to integrate it into its curricula has given Esports fans a boost.
With Singapore slated to host the first Olympic Esports Week in June of next year, the International Olympic Association (IOC) is also making a huge push to popularise e-Sport.
This is a significant step forward in encouraging the growth and inclusion of virtual sports in the Olympic movement and in further interacting with competitive gamers.
The Olympic Esports Week, which will take place from June 22 to 25, will include the greatest hybrid physical and simulated sports, according to a statement made by the IOC in November of this year. It will also feature the newest technology, panel discussions, educational workshops, and show matches.
The first Olympic Esports Week, according to IOC President Thomas Bach, will be a significant step “in our desire to foster the expansion of virtual sports inside the Olympic Movement,” he stated last month.
The Indian DOTA 2 squad defeated New Zealand to win bronze in the first Commonwealth Esports Championship in Birmingham in August.
The event will debut at the Asian Games, which will take place in Hangzhou, China, in 2019.