While Malta prepares to host the first international eSport tournament, a strategy is in the works to propel forward the video gaming sector.
Speaking at the launch of the first eSports forum, aimed at improving eSports knowledge and helping the evolution of gaming entertainment. Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri said that Malta, “with its current gaming ecosystem and Home of Gaming Excellence credentials, will provide the ideal landscape for eSports athletes, business, and tournaments to thrive.”
He remarked that between 24th and 29th September, Malta will host for the first time the ‘Trojan Horse was a Unicorn’ conference which will serve as a vital part of Malta’s digital creative arts ecosystem, which would continue to enhance the digital creative arts and gaming industries while putting innovation, education, and attracting talent at the forefront of our efforts.
Ivan Filletti, Head of Operations and Business Development in Gaming Malta said that eSports can and will be an important part of Malta’s ecosystem. “The first eSports Forum will serve as an opportunity to dive deep into this fast-growing sector and Malta can serve as a catalyst between eSports and iGaming,” he said, adding that for the first time, Malta will be one of the exhibitors in Gamescom in Cologne.
Simon De Cesare, Chief Executive Officer for Eden Leisure Group, reiterated the group’s commitment to be at the forefront of innovation in this industry, and explained the company’s plan to propel eSports in a way that it will complement the thriving gaming industry. “eSports is being incorporated by large companies and it is here to stay,” Mr De Cesare said.
He added that over the past months, the company had embarked on a number of individual projects to provide space for eSport athletes, and that other projects were underway, such as a huge international eSport tournament.
eSports has steadily grown in popularity over the years, giving rise to a booming industry. Globally, revenue from eSports is expected to hit 1.5bn USD by 2020.