Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry revealed in an interview with TV Show host, Waqar Zaka that a national-level E-Sports tournament will be taking place in March 2021 in Islamabad.
“The computer game industry is valued at 90 billion dollars. There is a yearly development of 20% in the video gaming industry in Pakistan,” said Chaudhry in the interview.
He added the organizations working in Pakistan are disclosing to me that we have jobs opening. However, there aren’t sufficient individuals that we can recruit.
E-Sports future in Pakistan
The government is teaming up with these organizations to introduce credential courses in universities. And further, add significant courses to the educational program of twelfth graders in school.
The Minister also assured that the government will be supporting and funding domestic esports players in global tournaments.
Pakistan is home to more than 220 million individuals, and 40% of its populace falls inside the best ruthless gaming age bunch.
The nation has seen development in the field of eSports with numerous associations.
E-Pak, an official E-Sports platform:
E-PAK, Pakistan’s first-ever effort to promote esports culture among adolescents, was launched by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The Ministry will engage closely with esports titles in the nation through E-PAK to advocate esports among the overall population and motivate teenagers to pursue careers as esports athletes.
This is the next step in Minister Fawad Chaudry’s impressive workplan. It started with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, between the Pakistan Sports Board and the Pakistan Science Foundation in January 2021.
First league under E-Pak:
The first esports league supported by this platform will be the Free Fire Pakistan Association. The most significant level proficient rivalry of the overall esports title Free Fire.
Pakistan will have its first esports contest, with a prize pool of Rs10 million, as indicated by Fawad. He expressed that the champion group will contend in an overall competition with a prize pool of $2 million.
He expressed that 567 groups would contend in this event. This initiative will further contribute to the advancement of esports in the country.
Chaudhry also announced a special program of animation and video games to inspire youngsters, to be a part of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry.