The Global Esports Federation, the first-ever global governing body for esports athletes, organizations, commercial partners, and other constituents was founded in Singapore yesterday.

The GEF aims to be a “voice and authority for international esports coordination” and to “cultivate collaboration, forge synergies, develop, and grow esports, and the sport-based esports community”.

It also wants to be a “forum to develop safe, healthy, sustainable esports ecosystem of athletes, sport organizations, and commercial partners”.

The GEF has the backing of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and its secretary-general, Chris Chan, will serve as President.

The GEF will also have a founding partnership with Tencent, developers of Arena of Valor, and owners of Riot Games, developers of League of Legends.

“With our collective effort, I believe esports will unleash the unlimited possibilities of sports in the Digital Age” said Edward Cheng, Vice President of Tencent.

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