The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Govt has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore-based game developer Garena. This agreement has been entered with an intention to develop the esports across the state. The agreement between the bodies was signed at the KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow.
This partnership will not only foster the growth of esports across the state, but will also host international esports tournaments and events. On government’s front, an esports academy will also be set up in the state in association with Garena. Moreover, national and international level tournaments will be hosted for esports.
As per AFK Gaming‘s report, Hiranandani Group’s Yotta has assured of providing the required infrastructure-related assistance to Garena. Garena signed another MoU with Hiranandani Group’s Yotta to deliver the goods under this joint venture. Yotta will be key to this venture, as it has the access to data centres and cloud-based hosting services.
Recently, the UP Govt put forth its plans to develop esports in the state. It included provision of basic facilities across all the districts. Additionally, rewarding esports athletes with bonuses under incentivization schemes will also be implemented. The state authority will also take efforts to convey parents not to look at esports as a bad and addictive habit.
Various Indian states considering esports as a career
Apart from Uttar Pradesh and Garena, the state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has also partnered with Big Bang Gaming by CarryMinati to develop an esports academy in its capital city Bhopal. Interestingly, there were just 200 seats available for registration, however, a whopping 40,000 applications were received.
In order to benefit from the esports academy, the MP-born candidates will have an 80 percent reservation in the academy. This academy will ensure that students’ education doesn’t hamper, as it will be run independently and will also consider the academic schedules of the students.