NZESF joins Global Esports Federation ahead of Commonwealth Games
Following affiliation with Sport New Zealand in mid-2020, the New Zealand Esports Federation (NZESF) is proud to announce that they have officially joined the Global Esports Federation (GEF) ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Joining alongside the Australian Esports Association (AESA), NZESF now has the ability to further pave the way to support and grow Australasian esports.
The GEF prioritizes the development of an inclusive, safe, healthy and sustainable Esports ecosystem with a particular focus on responsible gaming, holistic wellness, fair play, education and career pathways for players and athletes.
NZESF CEO Jonathan Jansen said that he and the rest of the Federation are excited by the development and the opportunities it will bring to the burgeoning esports community in New Zealand.
“The New Zealand Esports Federation is excited to join the Global Esports Federation and open more international opportunities for our players. Our organizations share the values of a player focused approach around equality, fair play, diversity, inclusion, and innovation.
The work GEF has done to get esports in the eye of the mainstream through the commonwealth activator event is really impressive and gives something for Kiwis to aspire to.”
Jansen is also eager to see how membership in the GEF will create pathways for women’s representation in esports nationally and just as importantly, internationally.
“At an international level, the fact we have an open and dedicated women’s track for the Commonwealth Games events is really exciting and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and support our female gamers.”
With the Commonwealth Games taking place at the end of July, the process has already begun to select New Zealand’s first Commonwealth esports athletes. While the three esports chosen (DotA 2, eFootball and Rocket League) won’t be official medal events, it provides an opportunity for New Zealand to stake an early claim as global esports contenders.