eSports is in full throttle, after the Russians, now the British announce the formation of an eSports association.
A couple of weeks ago, Russia announced the formation of an eSports federation; now the backing of the UK government, a British eSports association was brought in the world. A group of British eSports enthusiast has decided to create this association out of passion. The association will be located at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Via their press release, here is what they stated concerning their objectives with the British eSports Association:
‘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.’
As mentioned before, the group said they were backed by the British Government but no official statement has been released from them. The association will be chaired by Andy Payne, who is known for some of his work in eSports such has, but not limiting to the UKIE trade organization and games charity GamesAid. Andy Payne mentioned in his statement that he admires other associations that encourage people to participate. He also stated:
‘These are exciting times in eSports and the time is right to build this organisation from the grassroots up.’
In conclusion, It is without questions that it comes at a weird time. Creating an association with the UK government backing in these times on uncertainty in Britain has risen a few eyebrows. With #brexit and, furthermore, Scotland wanting to part from the UK, it seems like Britain as we know it might not exist much longer. Despite this, do you think a British eSports Association can do some good in the eSports community?