CEFA alliance expected to accelerate growth for eSports

By Melissa Talbert November 06, 2020

Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed, among 12 Caribbean and Latin American esports federations, to form the Caribbean Esports Federations Alliance (CEFA).

The countries represented in the agreement are Jamaica (Headquarters), The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Suriname, Venezuela and Haiti.

According to General Secretary of CEFA, Gregory Moore, combining regional efforts will maximize the support needed to accelerate the growth of esports.

"As a combined region, stakeholders see the value of negotiating with one representative and it cuts down the time to finalize agreements," General Secretary of CEFA, Gregory Moore said.

 CEFA is supported by the Global Esports Federation and Tencent.

Tencent Holdings is a Chinese company that invests heavily in improving the esports market. They recently invested in VSPN, a China-based esports provider. VSPN raised close to $100 million with the help of Tencent.

One of the first duties of CEFA is to host a regional referee and tournament organizer's certification workshop. Having qualified, organizers in each region will increase ethics within the industry.

"Esports has suffered greatly due to the lack of regulation. Organizers are generally not held accountable when they do not deliver on experience and prizes,” Moore explained.

CEFA also expects to host a 'CEFA 2020 championship'. The 2020 championship is an event that each member nation will have the opportunity to host.

 "It's the first step in the direction of bringing all our resources into one event. It will eventually become the highlight of the region," Moore said.

However, due to COVID-19, the first championships will be held virtually.

Moore wants other countries to be part of the MOU as soon as official esports entities have been formed.

But he recognises that official esports entities aren't formed in some countries because "esports in many countries are generally run by the gamers, who are more focused on playing than the administrative work that is required."

Moore admitted, "Jamaica suffered from this for many years until we decided to change our approach and focus on building a proper business, we were able to see results in a matter of months."

 He advised countries without a formal esports entity "to gather all the active players and entities within their country and form a federation with a proper leadership structure."

The bodies will also need to get recognised by their Ministry of Sports or their Olympic body."

This will ensure a level of validation and legitimacy that stakeholders want to see.

 

 

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