Birmingham 2022: Esports to be included as pilot event at Commonwealth Games

13 Feb 2022 288 views

Esports are to be included as a pilot event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships will have separate branding, medals and organisation.

But there is hope within the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) that esports could become a part of the full programme by the 2026 Games.

Hamilton in Canada, frontrunners for the 2030 event, are also understood to be keen on esports being included.

Exploring esports is one of the recommendations outlined in the CGF’s strategic roadmap.

Despite opposition from some traditionalists, others believe such moves are needed to engage younger audiences. “Esports is continuing to grow dramatically in terms of popularity and participation, particularly amongst young people, and we are continuing to look at ways to explore how it can align with the Commonwealth Sports Movement,” said CGF president Dame Louise Martin.

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