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Passing the torch for video games - Global Esports Federation HQ at Singapore

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The secretary-general of the Singapore National Olympic Council has set up a governing body for e-sports on an international level called the Global Esports Federation. It is headquartered in Singapore. 

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SINGAPORE: The world's first global governing body for e-sports was launched on Monday (Dec 16) to develop the "credibility, legitimacy and prestige" of the sport.

 

Headquartered in Singapore, the Global Esports Federation (GEF) has a three-fold mission: To collaborate and grow e-sports, act as a forum to develop a sustainable ecosystem and be the voice and authority for international e-sports coordination, said GEF in a media release. 

 

It will also develop and stage the first Global Esports Games next year.

E-sports took a step into the sporting mainstream with its debut at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) earlier this month, marking the first time competitive gaming has been a medal event at an Olympic-recognised multi-sport competition.

 

Aside from creating a flagship Global Esports Games, GEF also aims to encourage the establishment of national e-sports federations with a set of standards and regulations, set up an athlete commission and develop world-class governance structures and guidelines.

The new global body is headed by president Mr Chris Chan, who is also secretary-general of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).

 

“Hopefully, e-sports will be less misunderstood and ultimately, we hope that the sports can then be featured on the highest stage, which is the Olympic Games,” said Mr Chan. 

 

Responding to questions about how the body will enforce its standards, Mr Chan said the system will be similar to that of a National Olympic Committee (NOC), where members have to accept and comply with regulations before they are recognised as an official e-sports association that can take part in the Global Esports Games. 

 

With various international e-sports associations such as the International Esport Federation (IeSF) based in Busan, South Korea, already in place, Mr Chan stressed that GEF is unique because it intends to work with the NOCs around the world. 

 

“The time is right for us to come out and put some structure in place,” he said, adding that the implementation will be “certainly not so smooth”, and that he expects hiccups.

 

“We don’t mean to be competitive with IeSF, they might see us as a threat but that’s certainly not our idea.”

Federation membership is open to international and national federations, publishers, developers, sponsors, event organisers and cities and other non-government organisations. 

 

Its first partner, announced on Monday, is Tencent. The Chinese technology company is behind popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG) and Call of Duty Mobile. 

 

Vice president of Tencent Edward Cheng will also serve as vice president of the Federation.

On the local front, Mr Chan said that he was “quite happy” that Singapore was able to gather a team of its best e-sports athletes for the SEA Games.

 

He hopes that the Global Esports Games next year will see “a good representation of players” from all participating countries.

 

According to research firm Newzoo, global e-sports revenue is set to increase nearly 27 per cent to US$1.1 billion this year, surpassing the US$1 billion mark for the first time.

 

Estimated e-sports audience will reach 453.8 million people, a year-on-year growth of 15 per cent.

“At the moment, these games, e-sports, in all these competitions, there’s a lot of money involved," said Mr Chan.

 

"At the end of it all, some people want to participate for the pride of the flag on the chest, not just money.

 

“We hope to eventually turn the narrative around a bit and say yes it’s about money, but it’s also about pride of representing your country at the highest level,” he added.

Source:https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/first-global-body-e-sports-headquartered-singapore-2020-games-12187846

Thoughts: I could really use some more SEA teams in my Esports streams. They might not be the best but they could get some recognition. 

 


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Who gave these guys the power to decide the rules that dictate who is recognised as an official e-sports association that can take part in Global Esports Games? 


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9 minutes ago, mr moose said:

Who gave these guys the power to decide the rules that dictate who is recognised as an official e-sports association that can take part in Global Esports Games? 

No one. You can set up as many additional independent 'governing bodies' as you want. And organise any e-sport event you want. And come up with you own rules of admission as you deem fit. You can diss and disregard GEF as much as you want.

 

GEF is set up to spearhead legitimate support for e-sports from the top-down and formalize e-sports entry into the Olympics. Rather than depending on private corporations to host events that depend on prize pools (money) to draw attention to the scene.

 

The truth is, its almost impossible for e-sports to shake off the stigma people associate to it, if the only thing keeping it up is money. There needs to be a good lot of people who are willing to play at the competitive level out of self interest instead of doing it for the money. There needs to be people who will go in for their country and wear the country flag instead of a some gaming/branding logo.

 

How the F else do you think e-sports is going to enter and stay in the the Olympics?


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E"sports" does NOT belong in the Olympics. It's about as much of a sport as poker is. 

 

I'm surprised the whole industry hasn't collapsed yet. Even Corsairs sponsorship manager compares it to a Ponzi scheme, and says that it's value is massively over hyped. Going as far as to say it's "optimistic at best, and fraudulent at worst."


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18 minutes ago, dizmo said:

E"sports" does NOT belong in the Olympics. It's about as much of a sport as poker is. 

 

I'm surprised the whole industry hasn't collapsed yet. Even Corsairs sponsorship manager compares it to a Ponzi scheme, and says that it's value is massively over hyped. Going as far as to say it's "optimistic at best, and fraudulent at worst."

I actually agree with you. The rules in video games are dictated by the game developer, and not the culture of the game itself. Even with something like CSGO or R6S, changes could be made overnight which could cause the gameplay meta to change drastically. Such would be completely unacceptable in traditional sports.

 

With Tencent partnering right out the wazoo, it's already apparent they are in it just to take advantage of GEF to market their crappy MTX riddled games. At the end of the day, the very game itself is borne out of the intention of profit. Whereas anyone can play soccer and basketball without any profiteering involved.


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3 hours ago, huilun02 said:

There needs to be people who will go in for their country and wear the country flag instead of a some gaming/branding logo.

Really, it sickens me more when it's revolved around country image. Like who cares, also it makes no sense even when teams are mixed from everywhere around the world yet can represent X country that like bought players. It's so bad. 

3 hours ago, dizmo said:

E"sports" does NOT belong in the Olympics. It's about as much of a sport as poker is. 

 

I'm surprised the whole industry hasn't collapsed yet. Even Corsairs sponsorship manager compares it to a Ponzi scheme, and says that it's value is massively over hyped. Going as far as to say it's "optimistic at best, and fraudulent at worst."

It may not be athletics but really, a freaking chess takes more skill than some actual olympic physical sports so. Many physical sports don't test variety of possible physical skills, but much more narrowed. It's really not exciting then. 

On esports side I do agree about ruleset that may change on a whim by devs which is bs and should be set by competitive playerbase. 


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5 hours ago, dizmo said:

E"sports" does NOT belong in the Olympics. It's about as much of a sport as poker is. 

Customs, traditions, and definitions change over time 🤷‍♂️. Whether everyone likes said changes is of course, always in a state of flux.

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I'm surprised the whole industry hasn't collapsed yet. Even Corsairs sponsorship manager compares it to a Ponzi scheme, and says that it's value is massively over hyped. Going as far as to say it's "optimistic at best, and fraudulent at worst."

The show keeps running, so long as money flows in.

 

Such a causal relationship is almost disturbingly similar to every other sport (or business market, for that matter) now that one takes a moment to think about it.... oh wait 🙄.

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