Momentous partnership between Global Esports and Panam Sports marks historic integration of esports at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, 30k fans and visitors attend GEFesitval
In a groundbreaking moment, the Pan American Esports Championships (#PEC23) were officially integrated into the esteemed Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. This historic alliance between traditional sports and esports signifies the global rise of esports, thanks to the collaboration between the Global Esports Federation and Panam Sports.
At the official Welcome Ceremony, Paul J. Foster, CEO of Global Esports Federation, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This historic integration of esports into the Pan American Games is a testament to the inclusive nature of our community. Esports is no longer just a pastime; it’s a movement, and today, we take a giant step forward in showcasing its cultural significance and the power of collaboration.”
Meanwhile, Neven Ilic, President of Panam Sports, shared, “The #PEC23 is a pioneering event that highlights the evolution of sports. Esports is now firmly rooted in the Pan American Games, and this integration strengthens the spirit of unity that is at the heart of Panam Sports.”
#PEC23 proudly champions diversity and inclusivity by uniting over 120 esports athletes from 25 countries. This event sets a pioneering example of gender equality, with Open and Women’s categories featured in eFootball 2024 and Dota 2. For the first time, esports athletes are sharing the Pan American Village with their athletic counterparts, fostering collaboration and understanding between these two worlds.
The GEF, in partnership with Panam Sports, upholds values of equality, fair play, diversity, and inclusion. This historic event showcases the GEF’s mission to promote the credibility and prestige of esports while engaging with a #worldconnected community. It brings together top athletes – traditional sports and esports – from across the Americas, competing in 39 traditional sports and two popular esports titles.
Dr. Melita N. Moore, GEF Vice President, emphasized, “We are proud to provide esports athletes with the platform they deserve. Their participation in this historic convergence is a testament to the powerful connection of two worlds.”
The esports competition begins on November 2 and runs until November 4 at the National Stadium Sports Park in Santiago. The #PEC23 athletes will also participate in the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games Closing Ceremony on November 5, further cementing the connection between traditional sports and esports.
Concurrently, the GEFestival, a fusion of esports’ inclusive culture with games, music, dance, technology, and entertainment, welcomed nearly 30,000 fans and visitors during its first days.
For the first time, the #PEC23 will be streamed LIVE from November 3, in four languages – Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Chinese. Viewers can watch the action on GEF’s Twitch and YouTube, Panam Sports Channel, BTS Brasil, Epulze, Douyin, Douyu, and Huya.