India's First Esports Academy to be Introduced in Madhya Pradesh

A 10-day tournament called MP State Junior Championship is being hosted to find the finest talents.

India's First Esports Academy to be Introduced in Madhya Pradesh
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Madhya Pradesh will be home to the country's first esports academy, according to Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia.

“MP’s break dance and Esports Academy are the first such academies in the country that will give the youth an opportunity to hone their skills in these new sports in addition to traditional sports,” said the Minister to Times of India. “The inclusion of e-sports in international events will give young players in India an opportunity to turn their passion into a profession.”

A 10-day competition called the 'MP State Junior Esports Championship' will be hosted as a part of the initiative. The competition will provide 12 to 17-year-old esports players from the state the chance to compete, and the top players will be identified and developed for the academy following the competition. There is no cap on the number of participants in the competition, which is open to both individuals and teams. 

The goal of establishing the Esports Academy is to promote all sports with a presence in the Asian Games and Olympics. India has already shown its prowess within Esports with the DotA 2 squad clutching a Bronze medal at Commonwealth Games 2022 last year in Birmingham. 

Esports most recently received approval from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Aichi-Nagoya Asian Games Organising Committee (AINAGOC) to participate as an official medal event at the Asian Games 2026 in Aichi-Nagoya (Japan).

India is currently competing in five events for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. In Street Fighter V, Dota 2, League of Legends, and FIFA 22, where the nation will be represented by 15 athletes.