Tencent Esports and the International Esports Federation (GEF) have partnered on a brand new mission known as the #worldonnected initiative that was unveiled on the annual Tencent Esports International Summit held this week on the Hainan Bo Asia Worldwide Convention Middle.
“At present, I’m proud to announce the launch of the #worldconnected initiative, in partnership with Tencent Esports,” mentioned GEF President Chris Chan on a video uplink on the summit. “We invite the world’s esports neighborhood – the world’s publishers, builders, athletes, and gamers, in addition to the broader worldwide sporting neighborhood.”
Merely put, the initiative is designed to construct a bridge between sports activities and esports.
Following Chan’s speech backing the initiative, 4 extra industrial leaders confirmed their assist through video on the summit, together with Chester King, CEO of British Esports Affiliation; Aurelia Ruetsch, director of worldwide relations of WorldSkills France; T.A. Ganda Sithole, former government board member of the Worldwide Olympic Committee; and Hideki Okamura, chairman of Japan esports Union (JeSu).
As well as, executives from 4 recreation publishers, Riot Video games, Supercell, Smilegate, and Digital Arts additionally confirmed their assist for the initiative in a photograph session that included Edward Cheng, vice chairman of Tencent and GEF, and Anne Kelly Aikman, GEF senior advisor.
Tencent totally owns Riot Video games and 51.2% shares of Supercell. Smilegate and EA have additionally partnered with Tencent in China’s gaming marketplace for years.
A number of hours earlier than Chan’s speech, Tencent Esports held a 25-minute dialogue on the principle stage titled, “The New Cultural Mission of Esports in Globalization.” The dialogue featured Jizhong Wei, vice chairman of GEF and honorary life vice chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and Cheng.
Wei defined that the unique intention of creating GEF was to combine a number of events, and keep away from “profit fragmentization” within the esports trade. Wei additionally expressed confidence that esports will be a part of the Olympic Video games in some unspecified time in the future.
Cheng additionally famous the distinction between the present pondering in esports that profitable is every part and the Olympic message that doing all your finest is an accomplishment in itself.
“We must always notice that Olympic spirit is just not solely centered on getting ‘sooner and better,’ but in addition participation greater than to win,” Cheng mentioned “Everybody has the proper to work within the sports activities enterprise with none discrimination [gender, color, religion, body, disability.]”