Esports is a booming global industry where skilled video gamers play competitively similar to how traditional sports have competitions in basketball, cricket and football among others. The industry is growing globally, and attracting a lot of investments. It’s estimated that over 380 million people watch esports worldwide both online and in person.
Africa’s growing young population, increased uptake of internet and smartphone technology is a catalyst for the industry on the continent. We estimate the annual audience size in the region will grow from 30 million in 2020 to about 53 million by 2023. The industry though in its infancy, is growing dynamically and provides a fresh avenue for the growing entertainment appetite and its ability to compete with its counterparts globally.
Africa Esports Championship (AEC), is ‘Africa’s Premier Esports League’ and platform that provides the youth on the continent the needed opportunity to be identified, trained and compete on a Pan-African level and showcase their talents to a global audience. We have presence in over 30 African countries and we are inviting gamers from around the continent for this event which will run for the next three months (September to November) first as a National league and ultimately, a knock-out grand finals event. All activities will run online due to the global health situation.
Our aim is to foster friendship among African countries whilst growing the esports space in Africa, giving our youth opportunities to pursue their aspirations in the African esports and video gaming industry.
This is the second edition given AEC’s launch in 2019 where players had competed in FIFA, TEKKEN and STREET FIGHTER V. This year will see participants engaging in FIFA 20, LEAGUE OF LEGENDS, STREET FIGHTER and PUBG MOBILE which will be streamed across various platforms. The players will be competing for Financial and In-Kind prizes which will be announced soon.
Registration for the same is now open and will remain open until September 30th. Interested gamers can register for the tournament by visiting the AEC’s official website. The tournament is only for African residents.
“We’re really looking forward to this second edition and continuing the successes from the first, empowering a new generation of digital netizens and forging new career paths for our youth” said Emmanuel Oyelakin, Tournament Director.