Esports are to be included as a pilot occasion on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
The inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships may have separate branding, medals and organisation.
However there’s hope throughout the Commonwealth Video games Federation (CGF) that esports might grow to be part of the complete programme by the 2026 Video games.
Hamilton in Canada, frontrunners for the 2030 occasion, are additionally understood to be eager on esports being included.
Exploring esports is likely one of the suggestions outlined within the CGF’s strategic roadmap.
Regardless of opposition from some traditionalists, others consider such strikes are wanted to have interaction youthful audiences.
“Esports is continuous to develop dramatically when it comes to recognition and participation, significantly amongst younger individuals, and we’re persevering with to have a look at methods to discover the way it can align with the Commonwealth Sports activities Motion,” mentioned CGF president Dame Louise Martin.
“This may permit us to overview the long-term relationship between the Commonwealth Video games and esports as we proceed to evolve and discover future editions of our occasion and what they might seem like.”
In December the CGF’s new chief government Katie Sadleir informed the BBC that she was “open minded” concerning the inclusion of esports within the occasion.
She warned the Video games might bear “dramatic change” by the center of the following decade. Future hosts can be given larger flexibility on the sports activities they embody, with solely athletics and swimming obligatory underneath a brand new plan designed to draw bids.
The results of talks between the CGF and the World Esports Federation, the Commonwealth Esports Championships will run over two days on the Worldwide Conference Centre in Birmingham.
Esports will make its debut at this 12 months’s Asian Video games, with medals being awarded in eight video games.