In the coming months a strategy to propel forward the video gaming sector will be launched as well as ongoing preparations to host the first eSport international tournament
Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri launched the first eSports Forum aimed at improving eSports knowledge and help for the evolution of gaming entertainment.
Silvio Schembri said that in the coming months, a strategy to propel forward the video gaming sector will be launched. “We firmly believe that Malta, with its current gaming ecosystem and Home of Gaming Excellence credentials, will provide the ideal landscape for eSports athletes, business, and tournaments to thrive”, Silvio Schembri said, adding that while this needs infrastructure, an ideal environment backed by government policies will help all these efforts come to light and succeed.
“We want to encourage training programmes, boot camps, and development courses on team leadership and physical wellness. In fact, through Gaming Malta, we’re working to host the first eSport international tournament”, the Parliamentary Secretary said.
He remarked that between 24-29 September Malta will host for the first time the ‘Trojan Horse was a Unicorn’ conference which will serve as a vital part of Malta’s digital creative arts ecosystem, adding impetus to our vision in continuing to enhance the digital creative arts and gaming industries while putting innovation, education, and attracting talent at the forefront of our efforts.
Ivan Filletti, Head of Operations and Business Development in Gaming Malta said that eSports can and will be an important part of Malta’s ecosystem. “The first eSports Forum will serve as an opportunity to dive deep into this fast-growing sector and Malta can serve as a catalyst between eSports and iGaming”. For the first time Malta will be one of the exhibitors in Gamescom in Cologne, Ivan Filletti said.
Simon Decesare, Chief Executive Officer for Eden Leisure Group, reiterated the group’s commitment to be at the forefront of innovation in this industry. Mr Decesare explained the company’s plan to propel eSports in a way that it will complement the thriving gaming industry. “eSports is being incorporated by large companies and it is here to stay”. He added that over the past months the company embarked on a number of individual projects to provide space for eSport athletes and other projects are underway, such as a huge international eSport tournament.
eSports has steadily grown in popularity over the years, giving rise to a booming industry. Globally, revenue from eSports is expected to hit 1.5bn USD by 2020.