Fawad Chaudhry Announces Pakistan’s First-Ever National E-Sporting Tournament
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry announced on Monday that for the first time, Pakistan has entered the area of e-sports.
While discussing the launch of e-gaming and competitions, the minister disclosed on Twitter Pakistan’s first-ever national e-sporting tournament.
E-sports was acknowledged as ‘regular sports’ in Pakistan on January 13 after Pakistan Sports Board and Pakistan Science Foundation signed a memorandum. Earlier this year, Fawad Chaudhry had also discussed new opportunities for e-gamers.
Staying true to his word, the minister announced Free Fire League which is the first national e-sports initiative in Pakistan. For this purpose, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Garena and Bigo (who will sponsor the event) has been signed by the Ministry.
Free Fire is a game developed by a famous Singaporean game developing company ‘Garena’.
For the winning candidate, Fawad Chaudry announced a prize of Rs10 million with a chance to compete internationally.
According to the information minister, children, at least 12-years-old, who are interested in e-sports will have an opportunity to become millionaires through e-sports.
“This provides a good chance to the youth of Pakistan and will give a boost to the e-sports industry and will facilitate other gaming companies also to enter the market,” he added.
According to the representative for Garena, he was honoured at the opportunity provided by Pakistan.
“Special thanks to Fawad and Ministry of Information Pakistan for providing this big opportunity for Garena, Bigo, and particularly for the e-sports industry,” he stated at the event.
“This will be a milestone for the e-sports industry in Pakistan.”
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As per the Ministry of Information and Broadcast, around 567 teams will be part of the national tournament.