Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has announced that esports will soon get the status of regular sports in Pakistan.
With a market that is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2023, esports is rising rapidly. As the competition is featured in numerous multi-sport events such as the Asian Games, several nations are taking esports seriously. The addition of video games competition in future Olympic events has also been discussed by the International Olympic Committee.
In 2003, China became the first nation to accept esports as a true sport. Since then, South Korea, Denmark, Germany, and Indonesia followed the footstep of China and recognized esports as a sports industry. Now, via Twitter, Fawad Chaudhry has declared esports as an official sport.
“A memorandum was signed between the Pakistan Sports Body and the Pakistan Science Foundation after which standard sports status will be obtained from Esports. If you are interested in video games, get ready as new possibilities await you.” announced S&T Minister.
پاکستان سپورٹس بورڈ اور پاکستان سائنس فاونڈیشن کے درمیان یادادشت طے پا گئ ہے جس کے بعد E-Sports کو باقاعدہ کھیل کا درجہ حاصل ہو گا، اگر آپ کو ویڈیو گیمز سے دلچسپی ہے تو تیار ہو جائیے اور نئے مواقع آپ کے منتظر ہیں۔— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 13, 2021
A month ago, Fawad Chaudhry told TV host Waqar Zaka that, through private sponsorship, a national level esports tournament will take place in March 2021. He also reported that the gaming industry in Pakistan is rising at 20 percent yearly.
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