Islamabad: Federal Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday stressed the need for promoting e-sports culture among the country’s youth, saying holding an e-sports event at national level is praiseworthy as the cumulative market of video gaming had already surpassed $200 billion mark.
Speaking at a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony with Gerena and Bigo for launching of e-sports events in Pakistan for the first time, he said Free Fire Pakistan League Tournament would help promote Esports activities in the country.
The MoU was signed by Secretary Information and Broadcasting Shahera Shahid and South Asian regional head of Bigo Yuhui (John) Zhang. Garena's Director Kong also participated in the event through video link.
Fawad said a total of 567 teams would participate in the Free Fire Esports Tournament, and the Pakistani kids could also win prizes by participating in such contests.
Pakistan, he said, was entering in the Esports arena and "we are delighted that Gerena, a reputed company of the world, is arranging the Free Fire Tournament in Pakistan in collaboration with Bigo".
He said prizes of some Rs 10 million had been offered in the tournament, and its winner would participate in international contests, carrying prizes of $ 2 million.
He said the Pakistani youth had an opportunity to become millionaires at the age of even 12 years, as they grab $5.6 billion out of the total $ 200 billion market of E-gaming.
He said by holding the Free Fire Tournament, Pakistan had taken a giant step towards Esports. "As we move forward in these games, the benefits will start pouring in."
The minister said as many as 567 teams would participate in the tournament, which would promote the Esports in the country and the main companies would also join the pool. Pakistani youth had found a new opportunity in the shape of E-sports.
Both the Mr John and Mr Kong lauded the vision of minister for promotion of gaming industry in the country. They praised the MoU signed by Genera and Bigo with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. They thanked the minister for launching the E-Pak initiative in the country.
It may be mentioned here that the ministry has launched the Free Fire Pakistan League in the country for evolving an Esports echo system. For the purpose, the ministry would work with Esports firms to attract the young players.
The E-Pak has selected Esports title of Free Fire for being the most popular game at the international level. The official sponsor of the Free Fire Pakistan League II title is Bigo Live and co-sponsor is Infinix. The hefty prizes of Rs 10 million have been offered to the winners.
The registration of players for the tournament will start on July 21, which will continue till July 23 on its official website.
The qualifying rounds for group stage will be held from July 26 to August 6, at the national level. The final event will be held from August 21 to September 26 in which as many as 18 teams along with six distinguished teams of the last season will contest for six consecutive weeks for winning 12 slots.
Each match can be watched live stream at the official youtube channel. The final event is expected to be held on October 10 off line.