Ukraine Recognizes Esports as an Official Sport
The Commission for the Recognition of Sports of the Ukrainian Ministry for Youth and Sports recognized esports as an official sport. Two Ukrainian esports associations lobbied for the recognition as a sport: the Ukrainian Esports Federation (UESF), which filed submitted the relevant documents to recognize esports as an official sport with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Ukrainian Professional Cybersport Association (UPEA).
“We cannot ignore this phenomenon because esports is developing very fast all over the world. Audience interest is growing every month as is the involvement of our population,” explained Ukraine’s Minister of Youth and Sports Vadym Gutzayt about the decision in a release. “We want our children, who are already at the computer most of the time, not to become addicted to gaming, but to be able to turn their hobby into an intellectual competition.”