The eGames was launched on 06 April 2016 as part of the London Games Festival. This is a non-profit initiative supported by the UK Government as part of its aim to advance competitive eSports.
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Countries will compete to take home medals – gold (first place), silver (second place) and bronze (third place) – and no price money will be awarded, keeping in-line with international standards. There will be eTeam and individual events which gamers can compete in to take home the medal for their country. Gamers have to be 18 years of age or older to be part of a national team/eTeam.
The first full eGames will be held in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The second full eGames will be taking place in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Both these international eSports events will be taking place when there are no other major sporting events taking place, ensuring maximum exposure for the eGames. National Qualifiers will be held in participating countries during off-years. These National Qualifiers will determine which counties will be participating in the next eGames.
The organisation will be showcasing a two-day pop-up in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 with the aim of introducing video gaming to the wider population.