The government gave esports a major boost on Tuesday by integrating it with traditional sports disciplines in the country.
The President of India, Droupadi Murmu, in the exercise of the powers “conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution” amended the rules governing esports and asked the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Sports Ministry to include “e-Sports as part of multi-sports events”.
After it was included as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, medals won in the sport were not counted in the official overall medals tally, there was a growing demand for esports to be included in the curriculum of multi-discipline events.
However, the President’s notification on December 23 that the IT Ministry will be the nodal agency for online gaming-related matters and the Sports Ministry will have to include it in its curriculum has come as a breath of fresh air for esports enthusiasts.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is also making a big push to popularise esports, with Singapore set to host the inaugural Olympic Esports Week in June of next year.
This is a significant step toward furthering the development and integration of virtual sports into the Olympic movement, as well as engaging with competitive gamers.
Thomas Bach, IOC President, last month, said that, the inaugural Olympic Esports Week would mark an important milestone “in our ambition to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement.”
The Indian DOTA 2 team had bagged bronze at the first Commonwealth Esports Championship held in Birmingham in August defeating New Zealand.
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