A new Global Esports Federation has been announced today and it is backed by industry giant Tencent as well as a number of board members from international esports companies and organizations. It is being led by Chris Chan from the Singapore National Olympic Council along with Tencent’s Cheng Wu serving as one of its Vice Presidents. According to the Chinese publication People Esports the organization wants to hold an international tournament as early as January 2020.
At the launch conference, the GEF stated that it wanted to be “the voice and authority for the worldwide esports movement.” They also said that their key objectives include establishing national esports federations, an athlete commission, as well as guidelines related to fair play, doping, and governance structures.
You might be wondering to yourself, “Haven’t we done this already?” and the answer is yes, yes we have. There are a number of organizations that have attempted to form a governing body for all of esports including the International Esports Federation (IeSF). The IeSF formed in 2008 and currently has members from 56 different countries around the world. What makes the GEF different is that it is the first time a game company has backed one of these federations. Will that make a difference in the long run? Only time will tell. For now though, the esports industry is almost entirely decentralized.
Source: Esports Observer