Official Recognition to E-Sports - The Hindu - 28/12/22
Recently, the President of India amended the regulations governing eSports and requested that the Sports Ministry and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology include "eSports in multi-sport events."
The President is empowered under Article 77 (3) of the Constitution to make rules for the more convenient transaction of the business of the Government of India, and for the allocation among Ministers of the said business.
-Esports (Electronic Sports) is a competitive sport where gamers use their physical and mental abilities to compete in various games in a virtual, electronic environment.
-There had been a growing demand for Esports to be included in the curriculum of multi-discipline events after it was included in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
-It has received its sporting recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is the apex body of sports along with Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Commonwealth Games etc.
E-Sports will be taken care of by the Department of Sports under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
While 'Online Gaming' will be overseen by MEITY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology).
->Recognition of E-Sport as a Sport:
-By now, countries such as the US, Finland, and even the somewhat reticent Germany have acknowledged esports as a sport.
-The very first few nations (along with South Korea) to recognise esports as a sport were China and South Africa. Russia, Italy, Denmark, and Nepal have also joined.
-Ukraine officially recognized esports as a sport in September of 2020.
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