E-sports now recognized as a sport in India

It is a good news for the gamers and the gaming industry in India. India has officially recognised e-sports and online gaming. The government has recognised e-sports as a multi-sports event.
Indian President Droupadi Murmu has issued a notification to the effect that e-sports will become a part of “multi-sports events” under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

The Indian e-sports industry has been demanding that e-sports should not be categorised as ‘gaming.’ The industry’s contention was that e-sports is a competitive sport which involves the usage of abilities to compete in virtual video games.

The industry has welcomed the move.
Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) said: "Great news for us to begin the New Year. We have been constantly working on establishing the difference between esports and iGaming, and finally, our efforts have been fulfilled. Only a short time until we see Esports being placed in the same league as cricket, football, basketball, etc. and having similar fan power, scale and craze."
All India Gaming Federation CEO Roland Landers said: “We welcome the appointment of MeitY as a nodal ministry for online gaming. A uniform central regulation for online skill gaming has been a long-standing demand of the industry and this step will hopefully lead to a progressive regulatory framework underpinned by consumer welfare. This will help further grow the industry and make online gaming a cornerstone of Digital India," says "We also welcome the move to have MYAS regulate esports as part of multi sports events. This will finally lead to the recognition of an India Esports Federation, better rules and procedures for selection of India teams for international events like Asian Games and also lead to better opportunities and facilities for our esports players on par with other sportspersons.”


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