World Esports Day is apparently a thing, and it’s on October 24
Were you aware, dear reader, that there is such a thing as World Esports Day? Personally, I was not aware of this fact until today. And given that I’m the editor of an esports website, I’m guessing the answer to the above question is no.
It is a real thing, though. It takes place on Saturday (October 24).
The event is a joint initiative of the British Esports Association, streaming platform Twitch, and the Singapore Esports Association. With the support of the Global Esports Federation, organizers are hoping to make it an annual thing.
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering exactly what World Esports Day and how you can get involved.
What it is
Let’s see what the official website has to say. “The global campaign aims to unite the esports community and celebrate all things competitive gaming, from the tournaments to streams, games and players themselves, and everything in-between.”
It’s essentially a global celebration of esports, focusing primarily on increasing awareness of the positives of esports, from teamwork to improving reaction times, cognitive benefits, having fun and the social aspects such as playing together and making friends.
So, how you can get involved as a streamer or just a fan of esports? The site offers the following suggestions:
- Fundraising stream
- Running your own mini esports tournament
- Creating content to help spread the awareness of esports
In other words, World Esports Day is what you make it, I guess.
Showcasing the positives
Here’s what the organizers have to say about it:
Chester King, British Esports Association CEO and Founder, commented: “Esports is such a fantastic activity with a huge global fanbase, but there are still some outdated or negative views towards gaming and there is work we can do to counter them.
“World Esports Day aims to showcase the positives of competitive gaming and how esports is for everyone. It’s social, promotes teamwork, leadership skills and has many other benefits.
“We’re encouraging everyone to get involved. For the community to come together in one big initiative, whether it’s fun streams, playing together, talking about the benefits of esports and to help celebrate competitive gaming for one special day – every year. We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing what you’ll do to take part.”
A celebration of community
Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Student and Educations Programs at Twitch, said: “World Esports Day is a celebration of community and opportunity. It’s a chance to highlight new, emerging, valuable and transferable digital media skills inherent in the gaming and esports industry, which often goes unnoticed.”
Chong Geng Ng, President, Singapore Esports Association, said: “With esports becoming even more popular than ever, the World Esports Day is a great platform to foster community bonding through online gaming, particularly during this period, leading to community growth through a safe, fun, and engaging social medium. We are excited to be part of the annual event, to encourage youth to bond online by playing video games that they love.”
Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation, added: “The Global Esports Federation is proud to support the World Esports Day. Esports provides a platform for connected competition and community, and has the capacity to bring people together from all over the world. As we see every day, in addition to being great fun, esports also enhances powerful life skills.”
World Esports Day is about more than just streamers playing Fortnite or Valorant for 24-hour stretches, though. It’s also about raising funds for charitable causes.
For example, the British Esports Association has announced that all money raised in the U.K. will go to SpecialEffect. That organization “puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities”. How? Why, by helping them to play video games, of course. SpecialEffect provides people with adaptive technology, ranging from modified joypads to eye-control.
Find out more about what’s happening near you and around the globe by following the hashtag #WorldEsportsDay on Twitter.