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To bring esports into the mainstream sports ecosystem, the Indian eSports Federation (ESFI) asked about the inclusion of esports in the recently announced Rajastan Virtual Online Sports (Regulation) Bill 2022 and its bundle with fantasy sports. Was raised. According to the State Revenue Department. ESFI calls the bill detrimental to the growth of esports in India.

The Rajasthan Ministry of Revenue requested comments and suggestions from all stakeholders on the proposed project by Saturday (May 28), but ESFI and related associations in Rajasthan expressed concern and Ashok Gehlot. Esports from the online virtual sports list and bill asked Prime Minister Jehlot and Minister of Sports Ashok Chandna to remove.

ESFI will also immediately intervene in Union Youth and Sports Minister Anura Gtacourt, Sports Minister Nisis Pramanic and Sports Secretary Sujata Chatulvedi, as esports is an extension of sports and should be removed from the bill. I requested.

“It’s important to understand that not all games played electronically are esports. The results of esports matches are the skills of esports athletes, such as cricket and badminton. It depends only on physical and mental) and performance. It is absolutely wrong to associate esports with gambling and other types of sports. “ Vinod Tiwari, Chairman of ESFI, Director of International Relations and NOC of the Olympic Council of Asia, and Chairman of the Sports Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia, said.

ESFI is recognized as a member of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF), which is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia as the only governing body for electronic sports in the Asian continent, and e for technical action at the 2022 Asian Games. I am also responsible for sports. ..

ESFI will send the Indian team to the Asian Indoor Games & Amplifiers. India’s Tirth Mehta won the national bronze medal in the Hearthstone title at the last Asian Games in Jakarta at the last Asian Games of 2018, where martial arts and esports since 2007 were demonstrated as demonstration events. did.

“We are seeing the evolution of technology in all areas. Esports is the evolution of sports technology. It is a sport recognized by global sports organizations such as the IOC, OCA and the Commonwealth. Esports is a complete sport and limits and / or limits and / or regulates it in the manner proposed by the bill. Doing only harms the growth of sports and grassroots development in Rajastan and other Indian states that offer similar bills – Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation in India, has been added as Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF).

At the 2022 Asian Games, esports was included as a medal sport, and ESFI nominated Indian esports, which consists of 18 members, as a finalist after hosting the Mega National Championship. Talent was selected as part of the delegation based on his performance at the 2022 National Esports Championship and competed for the titles of five Asian Games.

The following are the main concerns raised by ESFI in a subsequent letter to the Government of Rajasthan.

  1. “Esports is a sport and therefore cannot be associated with fantasy sports. Esports is the premier sports organization, along with the Asian Olympic Council (” OCA “), Commonwealth Games and others, the International Olympic Committee. Recognized as a sport by the (IOC). And they included esports in multiple events.

The IOC held a virtual Olympic series (e-sports tournament) prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Esports is a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games (postponed) and the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (postponed) from 2021. Esports became a medal sport at the 2019, 2021 and 2022 South Asian Games. Even the Commonwealth Games are hosting the Commonwealth Sports Championship in 2022 alongside the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Sports included in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

  1. Esports around the world is governed by recognized international and continental federations such as the International Esports Federation (IESF), the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) and the Pan-American Esports Federation (PAMESCO). Major countries and sports governing bodies recognize esports as a sport and regulate it under sports laws / laws. There are more than 46 such countries. For example, South Korea, USA, Finland, Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, Italy, Brazil, Nepal, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Georgia, Turkey, etc. Therefore, she is bound by Rajasthan’s sports law. Esports is recognized as a sport and it is very clear that it is recognized. Therefore, it is required under the Rajasthan Sports Act. Not only is the bill suspicious, but it is also wrong to enforce fantasy rules in esports because of the existence of the law. You can play it for free or for a fee.
  2. The name of the bill, “Virtual Sports,” is inappropriate because it causes people to confuse sports with “fantasy sports.”