Titles for Commonwealth Esports Games announced
24 March 2022
As we wrote back in February, this year will be the first time that the Commonwealth Esports Games will be organised. While the 22nd edition of the real-life Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham, England, from July 28th to August 8th, the virtual version of the games will be held in the same city on the 6th and 7th of August. The initial announcement of the Commonwealth Esports Games already made quite some waves for esports in the UK and now, the Global Esports Federation (GEF) has also revealed the titles that will feature at the first edition of the virtual Commonwealth games.
Starting with three titles
For the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Games, the GEF has announced three titles to feature during the event: Dota 2, Rocket League and eFootball. These games seem to have been chosen with the particular goal of showcasing esports on a bigger platform and to an audience containing plenty of people who are not yet that familiar with esports in the UK and the industry in general. In the case of a successful event, it’s likely that more titles will be added for future editions for the virtual Commonwealth Games.
“Alongside the Global Esports Federation, we are delighted to unveil three major titles for the Commonwealth Esports Championships in Birmingham this summer”, stated Katie Sadleir, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, “There is no doubt this innovative and exciting event will create new learnings and opportunities for us to further explore sports”.
The Commonwealth Games Minister, Nigel Huddleston, joined Sadleir in her praise of the first Commonwealth Esports Games and their compatibility with the traditional games. “Esports has connected millions of young people across the Commonwealth, providing entertainment and a vital sense of community”, he added, “The Commonwealth Esports Championships is a major vote of confidence in the West Midlands’ and the UK’s thriving esports industry and an exciting chance to look at how this can be brought into the Commonwealth Sport Movement”.
The Commonwealth Games
You have probably heard of the Commonwealth Games at some point, especially if you are British or from a former British colony. For those who are not quite sure yet what the Commonwealth Games are, they are an international multi-sport event very similar to the Olympic Games. The big difference is that all the participating athletes are exclusively from the Commonwealth of Nations, a political association of 54 nations of which most were at some point in history part of the British Empire. The first edition of the Commonwealth Games took place in 1930 and this year will be the 22nd time that they will be organised. It’s the third time that England will be hosting the games, after London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002. Just over 5,000 athletes are expected to take part in almost 300 events spread over 20 sports, with the closing ceremony taking place on August 8th at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham.