On Monday, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry declared that the people of Pakistan have now entered into the area of e-sports for the first time. Speaking about the launch of e-gaming and competitions, Fawad Chaudhry announced the country’s first-ever national e-sporting tournament on Twitter.
E-sports were declared regular sports in Pakistan on January 13 after a memorandum signed between Pakistan Sports Board and Pakistan Science Foundation. The minister of Information and Broadcast had further teased new possibilities for e-gamers earlier this year.
In addition to this, the Minister also announced Free Fire League – the first national e-sports initiative in Pakistan. For this purpose, MoITT has signed a memorandum of understanding with Garena and Bigo who will sponsor the event. Free Fire is a game created by Garena, a well-known Singaporean game developing firm.
آج پاکستان پہلی مرتبہ ای سپورٹس میں داخل ہو رہا ہے
پاکستان میں پہلی مرتبہ قومی سطح پر ای سپورٹس کا ایونٹ منعقد ہونے پر خوشی ہے
گیرینا دنیا کی مشہور کمپنی ہے، بیگو کے تعاون سے فری فائر پاکستان میں پہلی مرتبہ قومی ٹورنامنٹ منعقد کر رہی ہے@fawadchaudhry pic.twitter.com/WCbtLC0YoW
— Fawad Chaudhry (Updates) (@FawadPTIUpdates) July 19, 2021
Moreover, Fawad Chaudry announced a reward of Rs10 million for the winning contender and a possibility to compete internationally. “Children, as young as 12-years-old, who are interested in e-sports have a chance to become millionaires through e-sports,” stated the Minister. “This is a great opportunity for the youth of Pakistan and it will give the e-sports industry a boost, while other gaming companies will also be able to enter the market,” he added.
The spokesperson for Garena stated he was honored at the opportunity offered by Pakistan. “Special thanks to Fawad and Ministry of Information Pakistan for setting up this great opportunity for Bigo, Garena, and especially for the e-sports industry,” he spoke at the event.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting introduces E-PAK biggest Esports initiative of Pakistan starting with Free Fire Pakistan league.
In this regard, @MoIB_Official has signed an MoU with Garena and Bigo Pakistan.
— Government of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) July 19, 2021
Around 567 teams will be competing in the national tournament. Furthermore, on the IT front in Pakistan, during cybersecurity woes, the IT ministry said it has finished 60 percent of the development work of Pakistan’s own messaging application.
The federal government has continued the development of Pakistan’s own messaging app for cellphones that would be utilized by the prime minister, cabinet members, and those working performing sensitive roles.
Source: Ary News