Pakistan’s first national esports tournament to take place in 2021

Video gaming industry sees a growth of 20% annually in Pakistan

Tech Desk/Reuters December 04, 2020
Sports is where the numbers are and fans denied real games are turning to live streaming, watching people play games, and taking part in those video games themselves. PHOTO: AFP

A national-level esports tournament will be taking place in March 2021 in Islamabad, Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry revealed in an interview with TV Show host Waqar Zaka .

The tournament will be funded through private sponsorships, Fawad Chaudhry said, adding that bureaucracy won’t hinder the event.

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“The video game industry is worth 90 billion dollars. There is an annual growth of 20% in the video gaming industry in Pakistan,” said Chaudhry in the interview.

“The companies working in Pakistan are telling me that we have jobs available but there aren’t enough people that we can hire,” he continued.

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The government is collaborating with these companies to introduce certification courses in universities and further, add relevant courses to the curriculum of 12th graders in school.

The Minister also assured that the government will be supporting and sponsoring local esports players in International tournaments.

According to a recent report by Newzoo senior market analyst Tom Wijman, the global gaming market will generate $159.3 billion in revenue in 2020. That would be 9.3 per cent year-over-year growth. What’s more, Newzoo projects the industry to surpass $200 billion in revenue in 2023.

Chaudhry also announced a special program of animation and video games to encourage young people to be part of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry.


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