Ministry of Youth Affair and Sports recognize E sports as a “official sport” in India

by Subhechcha Ganguly

In a remarkable development, the Indian government has recognised “E-Sports” (Electronic Sports) as a component of multi-sport competitions. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Department of Sports will oversee e-Sports. Online gaming will fall under MEITY in the meanwhile (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology). Droupadi Murmu, the nation’s president, reaffirmed this via a press statement. eSports will now be regarded as a component of multi-sport events going forward.

Following the availability of 4G broadband at affordable prices, which eventually allowed young players to pursue their passion, eSports in India started to expand. Indian gamers are making their way onto the international scene slowly but surely. This modification to the Allocation of Business Rules of 1961 pertaining to online gaming and e-sports is added as the 370th Amendment, according to the Department of Publication from the Directorate of Printing. This change will be made to the rules’ Part II-Section 3-Sub-Section (ii).

“People are putting aside the myths about esports as a hobby or career choice in light of the most recent announcement and India’s recent participation in the inaugural Esports Asian Games where they competed for medals. Esports will have more prospects in 2023, and we expect more favourable developments to only make it grow. The year has undoubtedly been fantastic for Indian esports, “Director of the Indian Esports Federation and vice president of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), Lokesh Suji, stated.

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