The Indian esports industry welcomes the government’s recognition of esports

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The country of India officially recognized eSports as a multi-sport event on December 23, 2022.

The 1961 Amendment to India’s Rules of Procedure resulted in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sport including esports in the category of ‘multi-sport events’. With this, the ministry will govern the e-sports industry in India.

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In addition, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology has included a section related to “Matches Relating to Online Gambling”. This further separates esports and online gaming, which has a different definition that includes things like fantasy and casinos.

“We have been constantly working to establish the difference between Esports and iGaming, and finally our efforts have come true,” commented Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India and Vice President, Asian Esports Federation (AESF).

Suji continued, “From now on, we need to build the right infrastructure, training facilities and coaching for our young esports players. It will only be a short time before we see esports being placed in the same league as cricket, football, basketball, etc., with similar fan power, scale and enthusiasm.

The Indian esports scene has experienced a rollercoaster ride in recent years, ranging from significant investments to ecosystem constraints. Notably, Battleground Mobile India (BMGI) and Free Fire – two of India’s biggest esports titles – have been banned in the country. In November, PUBG Mobile developer KRAFTON stated in its Q3 report that it “continues its efforts to resume services for Battlegrounds Mobile India and will continue to invest in the Indian gaming market”.

However, the Indian scene has also gone through phases of development. These include the expansion of ESL Gaming’s Snapdragon Pro series into India, as well as Skyesports and Loco, which continue to bolster the scene through tournaments and streaming rights.

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Rohit Jagasia, CEO of Revenant Esports, an Indian esports organization that has entered into a remarkable partnership with PUMA in 2022, described the news as “the greatest day in Indian esports history”.

He continued, “This revolutionary decision will not only transform the country’s gaming landscape in terms of improved infrastructure, funding, awareness and provision of education about the sector, but will also position India as a force to be reckoned with on the global eSports map have to calculate.”

Finally, Animesh Agarwal, CEO of Mumbai-based 8bit Creatives, added: “The entire esports brotherhood in India will rejoice at this welcome news, which has certainly been a result of the combined efforts of the gaming community over the past few years.

“E-Sports has already been seen as a medal sport at the Olympics and Asian Games and this news will further boost esports in the country as it was long overdue.”

Tom Daniels

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Tom has been part of the Esports Insider team since October 2020 and is currently the platform’s editor. When he’s not playing Football Manager, he enjoys covering the mobile esports scene and the betting industry.