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 Post subject: eSports now included at the 2013 Asian Games
PostPosted: 07 Dec 2012, 09:00 

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One of the main objectives of the MSSA and its international body, the IeSF, is to have eSports accredited as a full sport.

While the MSSA has achieved such objective within South Africa, it is the IeSF that has furthered the gains on behalf of all gamers world-wide.

Since the IeSF was formed in 2008, the IeSF has doggedly pursued its objective of getting eSports accredited. Part of the vision, is for the IeSF to affiliate to SportAccord. SportAccord is the international sporting body to which all International Federations are affiliated. So, from a mere eight founding members, the IeSF has managed to expand to over 40 members in 2012.

With the IeSF's commitment and determination to fit into the existing sports structures, the IeSF was able to meet with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

Admittedly the OCA had selected eSports as a demonstration discipline within the 2nd Asian Indoor Games in 2007. In 2009, at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games held in Vietnam, eSports was again held.

However, now with IeSF on the scene, the OCA has recognised the IeSF as the official governing body for eSports ad has thus made the IeSF responsible for the games at the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, to be held in Inceon Korea in 2013.

Not only has the IeSF been recognised, but eSports are also included as an official discipline!

The agreement between IeSF and OCA bodes well for long-term cooperation for eSports in Asia, far beyond the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games.

With eSports being included by the OCA, many of the National Olympic Committees from different Asian countries have been requested to increase their interest in eSports, and promote the establishment of eSports associations and federations in their respective countries.

Thus the inclusion of eSports by the OCA into the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games bodes well for the future potential of eSports. So much has been achieved in the past four years, the next four should be even more exciting!

Issued by:

Colin Webster
Mind Sports South Africa
P O Box 19275
Tel: 011 828 4994
Fax: 086 672 1911
Cell: 073 593 9451
Twitter: @mindsportssa
Skype: colin.webster4

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is an affiliate of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee.

The MSSA is responsible for the good governance and promotion of Board games (such as Backgammon, Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba, etc), eSports (whether they are played on ?cell phones, Sony® PSP?s, personal computers or similar), and Historical figure games (also known as wargames).

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