NEW DELHI: To serve the expanding esports industry in India, a dedicated body–Esports Players Welfare Association (EPWA)–is being launched. The association aims to support enrolled esports players with services such as legal advice, contracts, dispute resolution and career advice, among others.
EPWA, a non-profit organisation, will be a memberonly organisation where players can opt for free as well as paid annual membership ( ₹299 per year basis).
To safeguards the interests of esports players across India, EPWA has partnered with legal and financial experts. Former gamer Amar Ratnam will liaise between players and industry as a whole. Esports has been included as a medal event at the upcoming Asian Games in 2022 and awaiting an Olympic nod as well.
To be sure, the esports industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46% to touch ₹11 billion by 2025, up from its current size of ₹2.5 billion, as per a report by EY. Unlike online gaming, esports is defined by online games of skill that are played in tournaments where different teams or individual players compete against each other to win the championship, league or title like they do in physical sports.
Ritesh Nath, chief executive and founder of EPWA said, “With the exponential increase in the number of esports players (amateur and professional) and avenues for them