It’s another win for esports and the video game industry after the Government of France revealed details of its esports strategy that’s aimed at growing esports in France.
The country will release its national ecosystem this summer and it’ll involve how it plans to support the esports industry.
As reported by Esports Insider, France’s plan will also make it an attractive location for esports tournament organizers, game developers and publishers and other esports organisations as well as companies. The government will also help esports players in the country get visas and provide them with benefits.
The country’s esports strategy was created by a work group and is presented by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Jean-Noël Barrot, Deputy Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications. The strategy will be made in motion by three connected departments of the French Government; the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Economy, and the Ministry of Sports.
‘A great esports nation’
France’s new esports strategy is directly connected to the initial plan that its president Emanuel Macron announced last year, which aims to make the country a “great esports nation.” To achieve this, France wants to partner closely with key shareholders within the esports industry such as organizers, esports teams and companies.
One of the priorities that the country is working on is the creation of esports visas for players and talent working within the esports industry. This will allow French esports teams to hire international players to help the country become esports champions, and lure in global esports companies.
Some of the key objectives outlined by the French government involve structuring the esports ecosystem and improving support for amateur and grassroots esports associations in France. The country also looks to further strengthen the French esports ecosystem that will see it host major international esports events, as it aims to host the Olympic Esports Week in France in late 2024.
Representatives of the Government are already working with the likes of BLAST on the upcoming Paris Major in CS:GO. The Esports Week is set to take place after the 2024 Paris Olympics, and further expand esports with international audiences.