[Source: Global Esports Federation] The Global Esports Federation confirmed a strategic partnership with the European Olympic Committees (EOC). In line with the growing convergence of sport and esports, this partnership will further amplify the GEF’s efforts to promote, expand and develop esports across Europe. The partnership also forms part of the EOC’s initiatives to explore new ways of engaging with young people across the continent.
Europe represents a large number of countries and cultures – each remarkable and unique, and each with its own National Olympic Committee. This partnership presents a powerful opportunity to connect across borders through the GEF’s #worldconnected community.
“The European Olympic Committees looks forward to this strategic partnership with the Global Esports Federation as we explore the significant growth of esports across our European family. Through this partnership we also focus on promoting sport and the Olympic values, while establishing links with all EOC activities and exploring new forms for fan engagement. Europe is one of the growing regions in the development of esports. The partnership with the GEF will help to evolve, build, and shape our strategy around esports,” said Spyros Capralos, President of the European Olympic Committees.
The GEF and the EOC expect to jointly develop new opportunities to make the connection between sport and esports. The European Games, with the third edition in preparation in Kraków-Małopolska, Poland 2023, can be a great example that demonstrates the convergence of sport and esports.
“Together, we are committed to expanding esports, creating new modes of entertainment that engage new audiences, and offering inspiring and innovative formats for esports. The success of the recent Commonwealth Esports Championships at Birmingham 2022, demonstrated these opportunities in service to youth and we are looking forward to adding to this through our partnership with the European Olympic Committees,” said Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation.