FEAI meets Sushil Modi, presents policy paper on electronic sports

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The Federation of Electronic Sports Associations of India (FEAI), the apex national body for Esports in India met with Sushil Modi, Bihar former Dy CM and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) on 16 March. FEAI delegation shared its esports policy paper with Sushil Modi. On the same day, FEAI has also submitted the policy paper to the minister of state electronics and information technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar earlier during the day.

There are over 1.7 million esports users presently in India, and some of these are professional athletes who have won international laurels for the country. Esports is set to be a medal sport in the Asian Games 2022, it will also be played as an exhibition event during the Commonwealth Games 2022 and FEAI hopes could be soon inducted in the Olympics once the International Olympic Committee determines the format.

As per KPMG-FICCI 2021 report, India’s gaming market is projected to reach Rs. 143 billion (US$ 2.03 billion) by FY22 up from just Rs. 62 billion in FY 2021. The mobile gaming market in India is projected to hit a $5 billion opportunity by 2025 from the current $1.5 billion, according to a recent Sequoia India and Boston Consulting Group report

In a press statement, FEAI said that the policy paper will soon be released for public consumption as well. The paper incorporates views of all Esports stakeholders to build an inclusive Esports ecosystem that ensures the primacy of Esports athletes. Federation of Electronic Sports Associations India founding member Vaibhav Dange said, “FEAI is focused on bringing a holistic perspective for the development of esports in the country. The policy must cater to all stakeholders: be it the developers who are designing the game or the players playing the game, or organisers organising tournaments. We are thankful to Shri Sushil Modi ji for meeting us and sharing his views on online gaming & how India should ensure positive regulation. We will further focus on these aspects and work towards a consensus for all-round rapid development of esports in the country.”

FEAI founding member Gagan Narang said, “FEAI’s vision is to create an incredible Ecosystem for esports in India that will be favourable for the generations to come and to boost sustainable growth of esports based on shared value of fairness, transparency and integrity and sharing that growth with players, associations and innovators to make India a leading nation in the esport universe. I am delighted that our policy paper seeks to facilitate a policy-centered esports outlook that aims to address India’s unique definition for esports, which not only welcomes conventional global esports outlook but most importantly promotes India’s indigenous talent and narrative. The discussions with Shri Sushil Modi have given us additional perspective for our future endeavors.”

As PM Narendra Modi has time and again highlighted, India should lead the digital gaming sector, develop games inspired by its culture, folk tales and this is the genesis of the idea of FEAI of taking India’s ideas, definitions, and athletes in a rightful manner to the global centre stage, a statement from FEAI read.