Global Esports Federation announces titles at Commonwealth Esports Championships

Global Esports Federation announces titles at Commonwealth Esports Championships

7 min read | 15 Mar 2022

CEC2022 major titles unveiled live in Birmingham

Further details to the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships, set to take place on 6th-7th August at the International Convention Centre, have been unveiled live in Birmingham today with the three major titles revealed.

British Esports, as a member of the Global Esports Federation, will fully support the Commonwealth Esports Championships, and coordinate and support the European teams. Mark Weller will be Team Manager for England, John Jackson and Esports Wales will be selecting the Welsh players, and James Hood and Esports Scotland will be selecting the Scottish players. Support will be given by BEA to the European teams in the live finals per title. 

The Global Esports Federation and Commonwealth Games Federation have announced the three major titles:

  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • eFootball™ series (KONAMI)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)

Each tournament will have a Women Category and an Open Category.

Teams will enter a regional qualifiers to determine who progresses to the live finals in Birmingham. It is anticipated that only one team per competition per region will compete alongside the other regional winners in the grand finals.

Showcasing the excitement of the upcoming Commonwealth Esports Championships, students from across the UK played Rocket League during today’s CGF Executive Board Meeting in Birmingham. Together with the President of the CGF, Dame Louise Martin DBE and CGF Chief Executive Officer, Katie Sadleir; the President of the GEF Chris Chan and Chair of GEF’s Coordination Commission for the CEC2022, Chester King (founder & CEO of British Esports), were present at the event.  

“We are proud to feature some of the world’s leading esports titles on stage in Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC) over the weekend of August 6-7. We look forward to creating the opportunity for players and athletes from across the Commonwealth to shine on a truly global stage at this historic inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships,” said Paul J. Foster, CEO of the GEF.

“Alongside the GEF, we are delighted to unveil three major titles for the Commonwealth Esports Championships in Birmingham this summer. There is no doubt this innovative and exciting event will create new learnings and opportunities for us to further explore esports. The Commonwealth has a combined population of more than 2.4 billion with over 60% of them under the age of 30. This is a vital group for the Commonwealth Sport Movement to engage with, and esports can be an important part of this work due to its huge popularity and reach with young people across the world,” expressed Katie Sadleir, CEO of the CGF.

The first TPG meeting led by the GEF was joined by leaders from the GEF, CGF, and British Esports Association. The meeting was attended by representatives from over 60 Commonwealth nations and territories, including the GEF’s Member Federations who are set to compete in the Commonwealth Games host city of Birmingham. The organizing team briefed the delegations on arrangements for participants and have since commenced team selections and preparations.

The Commonwealth Esports Championships will also feature exciting demonstrations showcasing Active Esports and the powerful technologies that support the convergence of sport and esports. The Commonwealth Esports Forum – a global convention of diverse thought leaders and idea creators – will be held at the same venue on Friday, August 5, 2022.  

The next #CEC2022 TPG meeting is set for April 20, 2022.

About the Global Esports Federation

The Global Esports Federation promotes the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige of esports. We convene athletes, players, the world’s publishers, developers, industry partners and sporting organizations on one inclusive platform. We encourage and support the connection between esports, sport and technology. Our mission calls for the development of visible initiatives that are in service to the world’s esports community. We are grateful for a collective of strategic partnerships that bring to life this mission.

About the Commonwealth Games Federation

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities globally by inspiring Commonwealth Athletes to drive the impact and ambition of all Commonwealth Citizens through Sport.

 About the Business and Tourism Programme (BATP) 

The Business and Tourism Programme (BATP) aims to leverage the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to embed positive perceptions of the West Midlands into the international imagination, driving long-term economic benefits across the region, fostering civic pride. Focusing on tourism, trade and investment, the three-year programme will catalyse the West Midlands’ growth strategy, cementing the region, and wider UK, as a globally sought-after location to visit, invest and live in. Its work will focus on nations and territories across the Commonwealth. 

About the British Esports Association 

The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK. As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports and is not a governing body. The Association helps educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and what its benefits are. Its three goals are to promote, improve and inspire.

For Media Inquiries 

Gabriel Q. Chan | Head of Communications | Global Esports Federation 

Tom Degun | Media and Communications Manager | Commonwealth Games Federation

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