Pakistan declares eSports as regular sports

Pakistan Sports Board and the Pakistan Science Foundation signed a Memorandum giving eSports the status of “regular sports”. This was revealed by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain, who encouraged those with an interest in video games, tweeting “If you are interested in video games, get ready and new opportunities are waiting for you.”

Husain also promised to aid eSports investors and players in their ventures, while he also announced that the ministry would be offering certifications in animation and game development in institutes across the country to encourage the youth to be part of the industry. In addition, he also revealed the first national esports tournaments in collaboration with Waqar Zaka – a popular internet personality in Pakistan. The tournament is set to begin in March and will have private sponsors so as to avoid government bureaucracy from affecting the operations. 

Note that Pakistan has a very high rate of success in international esports, since Syed ‘Sumail’ Hassan’s win at The International in 2015 and Arslan Ash’s domination of the Tekken circuit in 2019.

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