The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has reaffirmed its commitment to bring esports to a global audience. It is announced that one of the biggest esports tournaments in the world, the Global Esports Games, will take place in Singapore in 2021, Istanbul in 2022, and then finally Riyadh in 2023.
Held each year in December, the Global Esports Games is something of a misnomer as while esports are a central theme of the event, it also encompasses many other forms of entertainment, such as Virtual Sports and Music.
The tournament will feature multiple esports games and as such, a myriad of teams from all over the world will be competing to earn a place in the games.
GEFcon To Run Alongside Global Esports Games
The GEF have also announced that across each of these three events in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, a global convention of industry leaders and business gurus will take place called GEFcon.
Also running alongside this will be the GEFestival. This will feature a celebration of the many different facets of esports culture including many different art forms, such as music, fashion, food, technology, art as well as much more.
It is hoped that as diverse a range of participants will participate in both GEFcon and the GEFestival, as well as the Global Esports Games, to provide a focal point for the entire industry at the end of each year.
“Set The Stage”
Commenting about the announcements made just a few hours ago, the President of the Global Esports Federation, Chris Chan, stated:
“The Global Esports Games has drawn overwhelming interest. We have undergone a rigorous selection process. Now the work and creativity truly begin as we set the stage for the world’s esports athletes and players to shine.”
Singapore will be the host of the first Global Esports Games later this year and it is a coup for the President of the Singapore Esports Association (SGEA), Ng Chong Geng, who said:
“The first Global Esports Games to be held in December this year will provide the opportunity to showcase esports to the world. We are grateful to have the opportunity to host this truly historic event.”
Assisting the three cities chosen as future hosts of the Global Esports Games will be the Coordination Commission. And the Co-Chairs of the committee Angela Ruggiero and Luzeng Song are keen to help the host cities make the most of these opportunities.
“We will lend our support and guidance so the host cities can unleash their full potential,” stated Ruggiero.
“So the incredible untold stories of the power of esports – and sport as the future of entertainment – can be unlocked too.”
The CEO of the Global Esports Federation, Paul J. Foster was also enthusiastic about the choice of cities to host their flagship event, commenting:
“We have listened to the athletes and players, the incredible publishers and developers, and the wider community to create a platform for athletes to shine, representing countries and territories as in other prestigious multi-sport competitions.”
As yet, the esports titles that will form the central component of the Global Esports Games have not yet been formally announced.