eSports is not a new phenomenon. Playing video games used to be something kids would do at the arcade after school. Those kids have grown-up now and so has gaming. A healthy competitive gaming scene already existed in New Zealand prior to the establishment of the NZESF but no formal body to represent or develop the industry further. Esports has rapidly grown internationally in the last 12 months and the founders of the NZESF do not want to see NZ left behind.