Following authority from the UK Government, the UK have established the British eSports Association. The sole purpose of this organisation is to represent competitive video gaming at all levels under a nonprofit organsation. This is great news as eSports is finally being recognised in the UK as a serious competitive market.
Located at Pinewood Studios, British eSports, acting as the National Governing Body for eSports in the United Kingdom, will work in conjunction with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help and represent players at all levels; develop a grassroots competitive video game scene that will nurture future talent; support existing professionals and provide the infrastructure to create future British global champions. The activities for British eSports will be easily accessible at www.BritisheSports.org, a portal providing the latest news on events, teams and leagues, alongside impartial advice for both players and parents.
Before you all think this is just another scheme for raising money then think again as the British eSports is a nonprofit organisation and will be chaired by Andy Payne OBE, with Chester King in the role of acting CEO. The next three months will see a consultation period, during which British eSports will be gathering feedback from the UK eSports sector to ensure it fully represents the interests of individuals, teams, game publishers and broadcasters alike. This is great news for eSports in the UK and finally we have recognition in the growing competitive market of eSports gaming throughout the world.
When asked about his involvement in the esports Association Andy Payne, chair of British eSports, added, “I am an admirer of the work of other sports associations such as British Cycling, and I am very confident that if we welcome and embrace all parties in the UK eSports scene, we can deliver a range of benefits to all players, from professional to amateur in the UK over time. These are exciting times in eSports and the time is right to build this organisation from the grassroots up.”
At the moment we are early doors in this process but the eSports Association is open to ideas and opinions so don’t hold back and let them know your thoughts and ideas at the following address – [email protected]