Esports in India have taken a new turn as the Indian Government’s ministry of sports officially recognizes Esports as a multi-sports event.
The Government of India has made an important decision that could have a significant impact on the regional gaming industry and related industries.
Recent legislative action has included the Esport in national multisport events.
The change was published in The Gazette, the official journal of the Indian Parliament record.
With the massive availability of the internet and improvements in digital technology, the Indian gaming industry has grown tremendously in recent years, with personal computers and handheld devices gaining ground.
Thus, this latest move from the government provides much-needed official recognition.
A burgeoning interest in gaming has pushed young people into esports and related content creation. Indian gamers and content creators have made significant moves regionally and internationally.
The number of developers who create game-related content for a living is a testament to the enormous success of this rapidly growing industry.
However, even after showing so much potential and growth, there have been several uncertainties that have plagued the local gaming industry.
One of the biggest sticking points was the sudden ban on popular games like PUBG, Free Fire, and BGMI, which brought the careers of many to an abrupt halt.
Additionally, the government provided a common ground for “national security concerns” without answering the questions surrounding the sudden ban on popular games.
Although BGMI was developed after PUBG was banned under the direct supervision of the Indian government, the game was removed just as it was beginning to thrive.
So far there is no information about the lifting of the ban on any of the titles.
Esports in India gets official recognition from government
Things may be getting better for regional players with the recent government recognition of esports in India.
The inclusion of Esports in multi-sports events is likely to have a positive impact and give game makers and gamers the certainty of a brighter future.
Earlier this year, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham included eSports as a pilot event.
This shows that the industry is growing internationally.
The now-postponed 2022 Asian Games will also include competitive games.
While eSports made its debut at the 2021 Asian Games, this time it will be the main event.
However, the tournament has been postponed to 2023 due to COVID.
The latest decision is likely to change the competitive gaming scene in the country. Their inclusion in the multi-sport category means that all tournaments have the same status as other physical events.
Gaming has always been the most underrated industry in India and now it is finally getting the recognition it has always deserved.
Also, this inclusion will certainly help build a competitive gaming ecosystem and produce regional titles that better fit the mindset of players and viewers.
Unlike the West, India’s professional handheld gaming scene has grown dramatically.
This was the result of cheaper devices flooding the market and better high-speed internet access.