FEAI invited to support MEITY in formulating industry stakeholders representation to develop a fair and transparent esports ecosystem in representation of Indian Governments’ AVGC mandate

New Delhi, March 16, 2022: In a significant move towards rapid and robust development of Esports in India, the Federation of Electronic Sports Associations of India(FEAI), the apex national body for Esports in India met with Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon'ble Minister of State Electronics & Information Technology, and submitted its Policy Paper for esports under the Government of India’s recent push for India’s AVGC.

The policy paper seeks to facilitate a policy-centered esports outlook that aims to address India’s unique definition for esports, which not only welcomes conventional global esports outlook but most importantly promotes India’s indigenous talent and narrative. The report also propounds a strong talent development ecosystem that covers the spectrum of talent, businesses, job creation, education, and revenue generation for India with regional centres of excellence.

Commenting on the occasion, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon'ble Minister of State Electronics & Information Technology said, “The government is keenly observing the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship associated with esports. The rapid expansion of the mobile ecosystem and internet in India will further accelerate the adoption of esports and we will be providing the necessary policy level support to ensure that the esports industry grows and contributes to the development of the nation while Indian players win laurels for the country in esports.”

“The recently announced AVGC promotion task force will recommend ways to realise growth and build domestic capacity for serving our markets and the global demand and I am sure the learnings from the policy paper of FEAI will be useful for building a larger outlook., Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar added.” 

Shri Vaibhav Dange, Founding Member, Federation of Electronic Sports Associations India said, “In guidance of the Hon’ble PMO towards India’s emerging AVGC sector, we are thankful for Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar ji to have met us and understand FEAI’s perspective on an effective policy intervention, anchored by the Government of India, towards formalisation of the Esports and allied industries, including AVGC, to create an enabling ecosystem to support the Indian industry. FEAI is honoured to receive the directive to assimilate and invite all industry stakeholders and create a formal engagement with the MEITY. We believe that this is the right time to make sustained efforts to ensure that India is at the forefront of this development of the AVGC sector, and we are playing our part in ensuring that. We are trying to promote a hybrid model for esports and we would like the Government of India to support the industry, players and the entire ecosystem in this endeavour”.

FEAI looks at esports as an important component of the overall gaming and sports industry of India. FEAI brings a holistic perspective that caters to all stakeholders: be it the developers who are designing the game or the players playing the game, or organisers organising tournaments. All of them have different roles to play. So, after looking at the situation from this holistic perspective, FEAI drafted the policy paper after interacting with the stakeholders. FEAI is focused on bringing Indian games to the fore. FEAI is also looking at a bottom-up approach, wherein it can host tournaments at colleges, universities, districts etc. to cultivate the esports culture.

India is amongst the top 5 mobile gaming markets in the world. In the next 2 years, this sector will be worth Rs 3 lac crore. As the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has time and again highlighted, India should lead the digital gaming sector, develop games inspired from its culture, folk tales and this is the genesis of the idea of FEAI of taking India's ideas, definitions, and athletes in a rightful manner to the global centre stage.

There are over 1.7 million esports users presently in India, and some of these are professional athletes who have won international laurels for the country.  Esports is set to be a medal sport in the Asian Games 2022, it will also be played as an exhibition event during the Commonwealth Games 2022 and FEAI hopes could be soon inducted in the Olympics once the International Olympic Committee determines the format.

About Federation of Electronic Sports Associations India:

FEAI is the apex national body for Esports in India. We ensure opportunities at grassroots in a transparent ecosystem to develop India's Esports champions who dominate the global arena. Esports is the bridge to a New Digital India created by the Youth. FEAI's mission is to develop an inclusive, safe, healthy, and sustainable Esports ecosystem with a particular focus on responsible gaming, holistic wellness, fair play, education, and career pathways for players and athletes. We encourage and promote innovation, showcasing the responsible use of technological development including AI, VR, AR, ML, IoT & 5G. We foster grassroots opportunities in Esports through the staging of international, national, regional, state, and district-level events through the year.

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