A new governing body to reside over esports, to be known as the Global Esports Federation (or the GEF) was founded earlier today in hopes it will become “the voice and authority for the worldwide esports movement”.
The Global Esports Federation was launched today in Singapore, and will be the official governing body for most esports out there. It is hoped this organisation will become the voice of authority for esports worldwide and the headquarters of the organization will be based in Singapore. It was also announced that Chris Chan, secretary general of Singapore’s National Olympic Council will be the head of the organisation and will be supported by three vice presidents.
“We are excited to navigate the pathway and shape the future with the launch of the GEF,” said Chan. “The GEF will help develop the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige to esports in society by leveraging the history, foundations, values of sport, and the principle of harnessing technology and innovation for sports.”
At the launch, the GEF laid out its vision with five key objectives. These include:
- To support and encourage national esports federations.
- To establish an ‘athlete commission’ to focus on players’ well-being, etc..
- Stage and support esports competitions, conventions, and development programmes.
- To develop a world-class governance structure and guidelines for the GEF.
- To create, develop, and stage the annual flagship ‘Global Esport Games’, with the first Games planned to be staged next year.
Tencent, the owner of shares in many of the world’s biggest esports titles, will also be the founding global partner of the GEF.
According to a press release by the GEF, the hope they will be “guided by the values of sport and the principle of harnessing technology and innovation for good.”
At the launch, the new federation signed an agreement with Tencent, which has been named as a founding global partner. Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation conducted the signature of the deal alongside Edward Cheng, Vice President of Global Esports Federation and Vice President of Tencent. Among those who witnessed the ceremony included Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, the Guest of Honour, and two of the soon-to-be-three Vice Presidents of the GEF.
Cheng had the following to say and seemed to hint at a bright future for esports: “With our collective effort, I believe esports will unleash the unlimited possibilities of sports in the Digital Age. On the path to building a community with a shared future for mankind, esports will shine! … With our collective effort, I believe esports will unleash the unlimited possibilities of sports in the Digital Age. On the path to building a community with a shared future for mankind, esports will shine!”
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