The British Esports Association announced May 19 that it will help choose UK teams to participate in the 2021 Global Esports Games in December.
Later this year, teams representing more than 80 countries and territories will duke it out in Singapore. Meanwhile, more than 400 international esports players will compete in the event for medals.
“It’s a medal event that will not include prize money,” the announcement noted.
British Esports Association shows international support for Global Esports Games
The British Esports Association boasted a prominent national team manager to help in the selection process. The organization said they will announce more details about the manager after a confirmation by the Global Esports Federation.
Andy Payne, the British Esports Association’s chair, will also be involved in the UK qualifiers and team selection process. Hosted by the British Esports Association, the national qualifier events will determine the competitors representing the country.
“The first edition of the Global Esports Games in Singapore is set to be a brilliant event showcasing the talents of gamers from around the world, including from the UK,” Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said.
Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian and a co-chair of the Coordination Commission at the Global Esports Federation, noted the impact of esports.
“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,” Ruggiero said. “Esports has the power to engage younger audiences in a world where esports and sports are rapidly converging.”
According to the announcement, Tencent and other game publishers are behind the Global Esports Games. Tencent also appointed the Singapore Esports Association (SGEA) as the lead organization to operate and host the event.
The Global Esports Games are now an annual event, held every December. The Games include both single-player and multiplayer games.