The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment has released a whitepaper detailing steps that need to be undertaken to make UK a leading eSports destination.
The whitepaper was launched at an event at Gfinity Arena, London’s home of esports, on Monday 28 November.
eSports is growing at a rapid rate and it is being noticed by everyone. The industry which is estimated to be worth $1 billion in 2017 is a lucrative and untapped sector for many concerned. However the disorganised image of eSports still exists with many considering it similar to the Wild West.
As a trade body for interactive entertainment, Ukie now represents major UK stakeholders, including publishers, developers, platform holders, and key players in the esports ecosystem such as Hi-Rez, makers of Smite, ESL, Gfinity, FaceIT, Team Dignitas, Fnatic and Game/Multiplay amongst others. They worked in consultation with Ukie via its largest member Sub Group to outline the measures.
The Eight steps outlined are as follows :
1. The sector to work with key government departments to develop a unified strategic approach and appealing trade and investment offer to major international tournament holders, IP owners and brands;
2. The delivery of superfast broadband and 5G to provide the best infrastructure across the country;
3. The sector should coordinate itself as an industry group to share information and encourage and facilitate the sharing of best practice;
4. Industry and government to develop a methodology for more accurately measuring the UK esports sector;
5. Government to consider the needs of esports businesses and players in policy debates around skills and immigration and ensure friction-free access to the highly skilled talent needed by the games and esports sectors;
6. The UK’s already world-leading games industry education courses to include esports modules;
7. Esports companies to actively support sustainable initiatives that promote and inspire diverse participation of esports;
8. Fifteen UK esports ambassadors to be created to promote esports in the UK and internationally, picked from a diverse mix of players, developers, publishers and event organisers, and to be added to the UK’s existing Video Games Ambassadors scheme
This information is obtained from Esportsforce.net
UKIE will be supporting the Digital Schoolhouse powered by Playstation to hold school eSports tournaments in 2017.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie
For some time, we have been proposing that esports in the UK could be a high value opportunity for the economy, provided the right infrastructure and support is in place so we can compete at a global level. Ukie stands for interactive entertainment, and esports is born out of the meeting of games, competition, fandom, live events, and digital innovation, and so in many ways is the epitome of interactive entertainment. Combining industry commitment with political and practical support both nationally and locally, collectively promoting the sector, and supporting the grassroots esports movement across the country, we can make the UK the leading global destination for esports.”
Check out the White Paper in its entirety Here.