Lokesh Suji, the founder of Indian Gaming League and Director of the Esports Federation of India, has been elected to the Asian Esports Federation as a vice-president during the continental organization’s General Assembly in Ashgabat, the Turkmenistan Capital.
“Asia will play a major role in the growth of esports worldwide; India is the fastest emerging market and very soon will have a significant contribution in growth and development of esports in this region. ESFI is committed to the growth of esports in India and will support all initiatives for the cause of esports in India and worldwide, in the best interest of esports and our community.” Suji said.
Indian online gaming industry is to add 190 million gamer(s) and become a US$1 billion opportunity by 2021, from US$ 290 million today, according to a KPMG report earlier this year.
Other elected members included Mr. Kenneth Fok (President) who is also the President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China; Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah Faleh Al Thani and Kazakhstan’s Saken Mussaibekov to represent West, and Central Asia respectively.
Vietnam’s Tran Van Manh will be the representative of Association of South-East Asian Nations, while the position for East Asia will be allocated to China and confirmed later by the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC).
There is also one vice-president from the AIMAG in Azat Muradov and one from the Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee, which will be confirmed by the country’s NOC.
A further vice-president’s chair has been allocated to Oceania, which it is stated will “come from the Oceania Electronic Sports Confederation or Oceania National Olympic Committees if such an organisation does not exist”.
Among the Executive Board members is Kuwait’s Sheikh Fahad Al Sabah, who is the son of OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.