Host City: Hi Paul, we’re really looking forward to hearing you speak at Host City 2021. You’ve recently announced the host cities for the next 3 Global Esports Games – what do you think the Games will bring to these cities?
Paul J. Foster: Firstly, thank you for inviting me back to this year’s Host City edition. So much has happened over the last year around the world and for the Global Esports Federation. Our inaugural Global Esports Games is just around the corner and kicks off in Singapore on December 17.
Beyond the obvious thrills of a live esports tournament featuring some of the world’s top teams and players, I hope that the Games will offer a message of hope and optimism in these trying times; that live events are returning and communities can come together again and have fun.
This will be one of the first flagship, international events to be held in Singapore in the last 2 years and I wish for the Global Esports Games to become the benchmark on how a global event can be safely and successfully staged; paving the way for other international events to be held in Singapore come 2022.
We are grateful to Singapore for hosting this first Games. Istanbul 2022 and Riyadh 2023 will also have delegations in Singapore – learning and sharing from the teams.
Host City: We’re really looking forward to hearing you speak at Host City 2021 on 7-8 December. What are you most looking forward to hearing and seeing there?
Paul J. Foster: Thank you and I am excited to be given this opportunity to share my thoughts and learnings over the past year with your audience and communities around the world.
I am really looking forward to tuning in to various panels as they share their thoughts on how we can all move forward successfully.
I am also keen to hear perspectives around the development of the metaverse and how communities are successfully embracing the co-existence of the real and virtual world in the planning and staging of events and viewership