The Polish Esports Association has been welcomed into the Olympic Committee
In a historic move, the Polish Olympic Committee recently welcomed esports to its fold by officially accepting the Esports Association (ESA) as an ordinary member. The groundbreaking resolution allows ESA to help shape and contribute towards sporting culture in Poland alongside traditional sports – ultimately pushing for sustained growth of competitive gaming along with physical activities throughout the country.
Poland, renowned for ushering in a golden age of esports innovation, is about to become an even greater leader in the competitive gaming industry. In 2017, its government legitimized video game competitions as real sports with their Act on Sport: any activity based on mental prowess determined to produce results could now be considered sport-worthy. This decision has enabled remarkable growth and opportunity within esports – something we can all look forward to!
Poland has experienced a renaissance in the esports scene, thanks to pioneering legislation that allows for large-scale tournaments. The crowning jewel of this movement is IEM Katowice – an annual counterstrike event held at the city of its namesake and world renowned among esports fans. Last year’s edition saw unprecedented attendance levels with a whopping 174,000 people gathering from all over to celebrate!
Katowice has certainly blossomed, turning from a coal mining city to one of the biggest esports hubs in Europe. By fostering and developing an industry centered around competitive gaming, this Polish city is now considered a leading example for socio-economic bodies looking into introducing or expanding their own local esports scenes. With new opportunities abound and fresh life breathed back into its tech sector, it’s clear that Katowice stands as proof that success can bloom with the right combination of resources!
In Poland, the government has recognized that knowledge can be imparted in innovative ways. As a result, students will soon have access to “This War of Mine” as part of their curriculum; an acclaimed video game praised for its realistic portrayal and vivid exploration of atrocities suffered by civilians in armed conflicts. Through this interactive medium, young minds are able to gain insight into topics such as wars and human dignity – giving them the awareness necessary for compassionate global citizenship.
Poland is showing an unprecedented level of support for the video game industry, taking a progressive stance and embracing the technological advancements it has to offer. Their further recognition was evidenced when they invited the Polish Esports Association onto their Olympic Committee – marking this as one in many steps taken towards realizing its potential benefits. To that end, more than 50 schools have received expert sporting education from said association so far as well fostering collaborative relationships with both international esports federations and anti-doping agencies alike!