The Commonwealth Games will trial esports as part of this year’s event, and they could become a fully fledged part of the programme by 2026.
As reported by the BBC (opens in new tab), the Commonwealth Esports Championship will be trialed as part of this year’s Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Birmingham, UK. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has been keen to “explore esports” as part of the programme, even placing it on its “strategic roadmap.” The new chief executive of the CGF, Katie Sadleir said she was “open minded” about the inclusion of esports as a regular part of the games.
Two days have been set aside for trial of the esports event, which will have separate medals, branding and organisation. It is rumoured to feature three different games, with DOTA 2 speculated as the most likely to appear. Discussion will follow the event to see how the integration of esports has been received.
President of the CGF, Dame Louise Martin, spoke of how the federation were considering esports as a way to increase interest in the Commonwealth Games with young people. She said “Esports is continuing to grow dramatically in terms of popularity and participation, particularly amongst young people, and we are continuing to look at ways to explore how it can align with the Commonwealth Sports Movement, – This will allow us to review the long-term relationship between the Commonwealth Games and esports as we continue to evolve and explore future editions of our event and what they could look like.”
Esports will make their debut as part of a traditional sporting event at the Asian Games this year, with categories awarding medals for eight different games.
Check out what games we’re looking forward to in our list of new games for 2022.