After being assessed by Sport New Zealand, the NZ Esports Federation has been named as this country’s national esports sporting organisation. After the four-year process, we’ve become the first country in the world to have a national body like this.
Thanks to their new-found recognition, the NZESF now has clarity on education and direction concerning prize money distribution regulation for players, tax statuses, and visas.
One of the numerous objectives for the NZESF is to help companies operating voluntarily by assisting them in providing employment opportunities. And extra finance will see esports getting incorporated into schools, something that will aid the development of both the grassroots and professional scenes in this country.
NZESF President Ben Lenihan recently reflected on the decision in a press release. He described his firm’s delight with the decision taken by Sport New Zealand, saying that this kind of recognition is important in terms of the development of esports.
He stated that this official support will help his business regulate the framework around esports, ensuring that fair play can be enjoyed by all. Industry growth will also be funded more easily now and education will become more available, letting Kiwis know how they can get involved.
Lenihan went on to say that clear pathways from community groups can now be put in place, along with enjoyable online play for young New Zealanders, which may see them going on to become professionals in the industry. He let it be known that his organisation is certain that this country can thrive in esports, in much the same way it does in so many other sports.
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