The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has announced that the first three host cities for the Global Esports Games, a multi-title esports competition, are Singapore, Istanbul, and Riyadh.
Singapore will host this year’s event, scheduled to take place in December, with Istanbul, Turkey and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia hosting the Global Esports Games in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
The Global Esports Games will be an annual multi-title esports series, with the GEF claiming that the event will feature teams from across the world participating in the competitions. It has yet to be revealed what titles will be used for the event.
Ng Chong Geng, President of the Singapore Esports Association, commented: “The first Global Esports Games to be held in December this year will provide the opportunity to showcase esports to the world. We are grateful to have the opportunity to host this truly historic event.”
According to the release, GEF’s convention series GEFcon and GEFestival, an event cited to celebrate ‘esports culture’ through music, art, technology, fashion, and food, are expected to run in parallel with the Global Esports Games.
The Games will be organised by the Global Esports Federation. As of this writing, the federation has the support of over 20 member countries, and their local esports federations, as well as game developers such as Konami and Capcom. Moreover, sports associations such as the Olympic Council of Asia, World Archery, and the International Surfing Association, have also announced partnerships with the GEF.
Paul J. Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Esports Federation, added: We have listened to the athletes and players, the incredible publishers and developers, and the wider community to create a platform for athletes to shine, representing countries and territories as in other prestigious multi-sport competitions.”
Esports Insider says: The Global Esports Federation is shaping up to be an extremely interesting initiative, and the eyes of the industry will definitely be looking towards the first edition of the Games this December in Singapore. With the event set to take place by the end of this year, you’d hope that the GEF will announce which esports will be used in the near future.