Esports will make history in Birmingham, UK, on August 6 and 7, 2022, when the Commonwealth Esports Championships are held for the first time.
In three esports games—DOTA 2, eFootball series, and Rocket League—over 100 athletes from various Commonwealth nations and territories will compete for the title of champion. The Championships, which are being held in conjunction with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, mark a pivotal point in the development of esports.
“This is historic,” Paul J. Foster, CEO of the GEF said. “Fans of all ages will soon be cheering some of the very best esports athletes in the world to win medals for themselves and their country.”
“We are proud of being one of the most inclusive, welcoming, and fastest-growing communities in the world and this is an exciting chapter for our #worldconnected.”
The CEC, a collaborative project of the Global Esports Federation and the Commonwealth Games Federation, will be held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC), which is in the city’s central business district and will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Sessions begin each day at 9.00 am and last until 6:00 pm.
Esports athletes from the whole Commonwealth, including those from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, have qualified at the regional level to compete in Birmingham alongside their Commonwealth sporting counterparts.
“We are delighted to be welcoming the best esports athletes in the Commonwealth to Birmingham,” said Katie Sadleir, CEO of the CGF. “I have no doubt the Commonwealth Esports Championships will present a thrilling sporting spectacle and point the way towards the future of esports.”
But just before the very first esports match gets underway, the world’s esports thought leaders and idea creators will be gathering at the ICC for the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Forum on Friday 5 August.
“These two events represent a major legacy for Birmingham and the surrounding area,” said Neil Rami, CEO of the West Midlands Growth Company. “The future starts now.”
The inclusion of esports during the hosting of the Commonwealth Games is a big moment as it opens up endless possibilities. Especially for a sports-loving country like India where esports is on the rise, the Commonwealth Esports Championships will inspire more players to join the revolution of esports.