Electronic Sports Federation of India: Profile, Objectives and Mission

Get a complete background on the Electronic Sports Federation of India, their objectives, mission and much more. Learn about their history and what they offer.

The Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI) is a non-profit organization with the CIN U74999DL2016NPL300732 and a license under Section 8 (1) of the Companies Act, 2013, Section 8 License Number 107018. It was founded in accordance with Section 7’s subsection (2) and Rule 8 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014. Asian Esports Federation (AESF), Global Esports Federation, and International Esports Federation all recognize ESFI as full members.

Main Objectives

To build and sustain the esports eco-system for esports in India, including conceptualizing, developing, opening, facilitating, running, managing, and promoting all areas of esports as well as providing all other possible and related forms of esports. To promote, encourage, organize, educate, train, and control electronic sports (esports) in India.


To be the official organization in full and complete control of all esports matters in India, to guard and enforce rules in collaboration with the state esports associations/federations of the nation and in full and complete cooperation with the Indian Olympic Association, under the sponsorship of the IESF, IOA  AESF, OCA, & other Federations/Associations, to select and manage the Indian esports delegation to the Common Wealth & SAF Games, Olympics, Asian Games, and numerous other International tournaments, as well as to pique public interest in esports promotion.




Speak for esports in India.


Encourage esports engagement in India


Act serves as India’s esports industry’s governing and development authority.


to publicize the advantages of playing esports for one’s health, education, and social life.

Esports is a Sport

Esports has acquired official recognition as a sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is the governing body of sports together with the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

  • Before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the IOC established the Virtual Olympic Series (Esports Tournament).
  • Since 2007, esports have been a part of OCA tournaments. In the Asian Games 2022 and the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2021 (Postponed), which are expected to take place in 2023, esports will be a medal sport.
  • In 2019, 2021, and 2022, esports were medal sports at the South East Asian Games.
  • Esports was a demonstration title at the 2018 Asian Games, where India took home a bronze medal.
  • Esports was a demonstration title at the 2018 Asian Games, where India took home a bronze medal.
  • India won a Bronze medal in the DOTA game title in the Commonwealth Esports Championship 2022, which was organized by the Commonwealth Games.
  • In a public address, French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron expressed his desire for esports to be a part of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
  • A total of 46 nations have also recognized esports as legitimate sports.

Some Surprising Facts:

  • Esports competitors are referred to as “Athletes,” not “nerds.”
  • More than 500 million esports enthusiasts in 152 countries watch these contests online on a variety of streaming services including Facebook, Twitch.tv, and YouTube, making it a spectator sport today.
  • On November 6, 2021, the League of Legends World Championship 21 final round attracted more than 73 million peak concurrent viewers.
  • The prize pools are also breaking records; The International – 10, the DOTA world championship for 2021, has a prize pool of over $40 Mn. According to esportsearnings.com, esports athletes won $222 Mn in total prize money from the 4497 competitions that were hosted throughout the world. Millions of dollars are earned in salaries by professional athletes.
  • The US government gave professional esports players visas in 2013 and recognized esports as an official sport.
  • Three additional universities have started offering esports scholarships since University of Illinois in the USA awarded athletic scholarships to esports participants in June 2014.

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