Government recognises e-sports as part of multisports events
The Government of India has officially recognised ‘E-Sports’ (Electronic Sports) as a part of Multi-sports events on 27th December.
E-sports will be handled by the Department of Sports under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
This decision was taken by President Draupadi Murmu, using the powers given in provision 3 of Article 77 of the Constitution, after changing the rules related to e-sports.
It is noteworthy that since the inclusion of e-sports as a demonstration sport in the Jakarta Asian Games 2018, there has been a demand to make it a part of the multi-sport event.
The International Olympic Committee is also promoting e-sports and in this exercise, the first Olympic e-sports week will also be celebrated in Singapore in June 2023.
Next year's Asian Games in China will see the debut of e-sports.
The Indian Esports Industry has been fighting for E-sports not to be clubbed under the umbrella term “Gaming”.
What is E-sports?
e-sports or “electronic sports,” transforms online gaming into a spectator sport.
The experience is similar to watching a professional sporting event, with spectators watching video gamers compete against each other in a virtual environment.
The e-sports Industry has maintained that e-sports is a competitive sport where e-sports athletes use their physical and mental abilities to compete in certain genres of video games in a virtual, electronic environment.
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