The Esports Kenya Federation (ESKF) took centre stage at the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports‘ 2nd annual consultative forum on the state of sports in Kenya, where the federation’s President, Ronny Lusigi engaged with Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, to discuss the upcoming year’s expectations and activities. Esports, a rapidly growing industry in Kenya, made its debut at this significant gathering, underscoring its emerging status as a sport to watch out for.
Lusigi, in a post on Nation.Africa, outlined ESKF’s ambitious plans for 2024, with a key focus on formulating a comprehensive regulatory framework for esports practices in the country. The paramount goal, as articulated by Lusigi, is to establish “a secure and inclusive environment, free from abuse and discrimination, and in compliance with both the Kenyan and Global Esports Federation laws.”
This marks a significant step forward for esports in Kenya, as it demonstrates the recognition and commitment of the federation and the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports to ensure that the burgeoning esports industry is governed by robust regulations. The move aligns with global trends, where esports is increasingly gaining acknowledgment as a legitimate and organised sporting activity.
One of the notable aspects of ESKF’s plan is the expansion of esports beyond Nairobi, the capital city. Lusigi and his team aim to discover fresh gaming talent in various regions of the country. This initiative not only reflects the inclusive approach of the federation but also underscores its commitment to creating opportunities for gamers across Kenya. The plan includes implementing programmes to support players, teams, and tournament organisers, fostering a vibrant esports ecosystem nationwide.
What makes this participation even more noteworthy is that it’s the first time esports has been included in the annual gathering, following the federation’s compliance with the Sports Act of 2013, a crucial legal requirement for sports federations in Kenya. This acknowledgement underscores the legitimacy of esports as a recognised and regulated sport in the country.
As esports takes its place alongside traditional sports in these high-level discussions, it signals a shift in perceptions and attitudes towards gaming. Esports is no longer viewed merely as a pastime but is increasingly being acknowledged as a competitive and viable sporting endeavour.
In conclusion, ESKF’s active involvement in the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports’ consultative forum marks a historic moment for esports in Kenya. With a focus on regulation, inclusivity, and nationwide expansion, the federation is poised to lead the way in shaping a robust esports landscape in the country in 2024 and beyond.