The Lagos State E-sport Association (LSEA) has stated that there will be efforts in the growth of sport, particularly among secondary school students in Lagos State, in order to intensify grassroots support for sport.
Mr. Emmanuel Oyelakin, chairman of the Lagos State E-Sport Association (LSEA), gave a briefing on grassroots development on the introduction of e-sports in Lagos state in an interview with reporters.
Following a proclamation by the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, Oyelakin stated that the Federal Government had recognized e-sports.
“Lagos will keep putting its money where its mouth is.” Lagos has done a lot to promote E-sports at the grassroots level in the state.
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“We’ve had a lot of help from the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) over the years.”
“Today, the Lagos State E-sports Association (LSEA) is Nigeria’s only approved E-sports association.” We are not currently covering Lagos alone; we are receiving contributions from outside of Lagos. We want to get the best from the people on the ground.
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“LSEA is now a member of the African E-sports Association, the African equivalent of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as well as the International E-sports Federation, the world’s governing body for E-sports.”
“Lagos took some athletes to the International E-sports World Championships in Israel last November with the support of LSSC.” “We’ll also be going to Indonesia this year,” he said.
Because of their computer dexterity, children should be encouraged to participate in e-sports, according to Oyelakin.
“Because of its enormous potential, parents should encourage their children to participate in e-sports as a virtual version of all traditional games.”
“In the same way that clubs sign on football players, an E-sports player enjoys the same benefits that can earn him or her some money.” We already have professional E-sports players in other countries who are doing well.
“E-sports offers a plethora of opportunities, ranging from players to administrators, technical support, content providers, and others.”
“Most of our children are talented in digital technology, so their energies can be used positively because it is their terrain,” he says.
According to Oyelakin, e-sports are worth billions of dollars, and it allows children to focus more on their studies without being distracted.
“Although e-sports is new in Nigeria, it is a huge investment area worth over a billion dollars globally.” It is a new area for us, with Lagos leading the way.
“It’s time to introduce our children to e-sports and encourage them to hone their skills.” We provide e-sports education to show people the possibilities.
“We are forming alliances with international organizations such as Japan-based Totori Sports to promote and develop e-Sports in the country,” he said.