eSports have experienced a huge boom lately, especially in Asian markets like the Philippines. Since the market is becoming so vast, the country has launched its first-ever eSports association, Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP).
If you’re still unfamiliar with eSports, it is a market that focuses on digital gaming. Players face off against one another in competitive video games like League of Legends, Starcraft and CS:GO, often time in prestigious tournaments that are watched by fans around the world. Over the past few years, the eSports market has experienced a boom, becoming an increasingly popular spectator sport.
There are talented eSports teams from around the world, including America and South Korea. The Philippines has recently forged ahead a leader in the market, having recently decided to give eSports players athletic licenses and making it an official sport in the country. So, the next natural step is definitely the creation of a sports association.
Paving the Road Ahead
The new association for eSports in the Philippines will focus on making the country the world’s hub for eSports. It will aim to foster the talent of local players to help them achieve successful careers in the market and ensure that teams from the Philippines will secure championship titles from around the world.
ESNAP has yet to be recognised as an official sporting authority by the Philippine Olympic Committee, but this is still an important move to make. The founders to the association believe that eSports are the sport of the future, and they want to ensure that are in the right position to foster future growth.
ESNAP will bring out the best in local eSports athletes and could potential inspire other countries to follow suit. There are many other nations in which eSports are growing rapidly, and we may soon see similar associations launched in America.
eSports in Asia Are Developing Quickly
One of the biggest developments for eSports in the Philippines is that it will be contested as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Asian Games. With competitions like cycling, gymnastics, football and golf, the competition is geared towards traditional sports, and this will be a unique opportunity for eSports athletes in Asia.
Depending on how the demonstration goes, eSports could be considered as an official sport in the Asian games, and it may even be entered into the Southeast Asian Games. These are important steps to take, and it might not be long before we see eSports in the Olympics.
This is an exciting time for the eSports industry. We are just beginning to see its potential, and there are plenty of opportunities for the activity to spread around the world as an official sport.