The Global Esports Federation held the 4th Board Meeting on June 16, 2021, marking 18 months of expansive growth. The GEF reaffirmed its commitment to advance the universal values of equality, diversity, inclusion, fair play, and innovation, and will continue to elevate and expand opportunities in esports worldwide.
“Together with our 93 Member Federations, we have accomplished so much. We look to the future with real optimism as we continue to expand and develop tangible initiatives in service to the esports community. We have announced three Global Esports Games, the first slated for December this year. We continue to welcome even more partners and Member Federations into the Global Esports Federation family; promoting a safe, inclusive and healthy esports ecosystem for all.” ~ Chris Chan, President, Global Esports Federation
Paul J. Foster, Chief Executive Officer, Global Esports Federation, recounted 18 months of progress, and outlined the pathway for continued growth at the Board Meeting. He remarked, “The Global Esports Federation was established to enhance the credibility, legitimacy and prestige for esports. We convene the world’s communities in esports, active esports, digital technologies, standards, education, and wellness. Through our various Global Social Impact Initiatives (GSII), we unlock the boundless opportunities for every single person, everywhere, to be part of the dynamic future of esports in a #worldconnected.”
In accordance with the GEF Constitution, the Board Meeting commenced with electing the Chair of the Singapore 2021 Global Esports Games Organizing Committee, Her Excellency Ng Shin Ein, who is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, as a GEF Board Member. With the appointment of Ms. Ng, the representation of women in the GEF rises to 35%, up from 11% just 18 months ago. The GEF continues to lead in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in esports globally, through the hosting of the first #worldconnected_women Global Forum last month, led by GEF Vice-President and Olympian, Charmaine Crooks.
“The Board is made up of diverse and distinguished leaders, and it’s my privilege to be a part of this team. The Singapore 2021 Global Esports Games will be a pioneering endeavor. With the support of the Global Esports Federation and my colleagues in the Organizing Committee, I look forward to delivering a groundbreaking event come December.” ~ Ng Shin Ein
The inaugural GEG will showcase the energy of esports through competitions and a dynamic program of activities, including GEFestival – a platform to celebrate the inclusive esports culture encompassing music, art, technology, fashion, food, the creative and passion economies and industries. Meanwhile, the first ever Annual #worldconnected Awards will recognize various accomplishments within the world’s esports community.
The GEF Board approved the continued expansion of the Global Events Portfolio. The GEF will call for expressions of interest to host the next collective of the Global Esports Games.
In a move to further engage directly with the fans and esports community worldwide, the GEF recently opened its first ever online lifestyle store in collaboration with LA-based Meta Threads. The store features lifestyle gaming and esports apparel and accessories designed for the #worldconnected community.