The Global Esports Federation (GEF) announced on Wednesday (12 May) that Singapore will be playing host to over 400 international esports athletes from over 80 countries and territories from across the world for the inaugural Global Esports Games (GEG) in December this year.
The GEF said in a press release that the GEG will be held annually in December featuring multi-title esports competitions, with the Singapore Esports Association (SGEA) winning the rights to host and operate the GEG.
The event will also be held alongside with the GEFcon, a global convention of thought leaders, and the GEFestival, a "dynamic celebration of esports and youth culture".
“SGEA is proud to have the opportunity to participate in this historical event. Hosting the Global Esports Games will allow us to grow the local industry while showcasing our nation's capabilities to stage esports events on a global scale,” said Ng Chong Geng, President of the Singapore Esports Association.
“Singapore was selected as an ideal destination for the GEG because of its support from the government and track record of hosting world class events. We commend the progressive mindset and reception Singapore has for esports and we hope to see this trend continue across the region and globally.” said Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation
“We look forward to the first edition of the Global Esports Games in Singapore. The global event offers a platform for the world’s esports community to meet and compete, showcasing the vast potential and diverse opportunities esports can offer the world. Esports has the power to engage younger audiences in a world where esports and sports are rapidly converging.” added Ms Angela Ruggiero, fout-time Olympian and Co-Chair of the Global Esports Federation's Coordination Commission.
The GEF said that an organising committee to oversee the execution of GEG is currently being established, with the SGEA set to release further details on the event in the coming month.
Singapore has already hosted some of the biggest esports tournaments of the year, including the M2 World Championship for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in January and the ONE Esports Singapore Major for Dota 2 from March to April.
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