The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has announced Japanese game publishers Konami, Sega, and Capcom as the latest members to join its ranks.
Alongside being members of the GEF, the publishers have also joined the recently-announced Publishers and Developers Advisory Council (PDAC).
Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation, spoke on the additions in a release: “Nine months ago, the Global Esports Federation was established with a collective ambition to convene the world’s esports community. Our mission is to bring together the diverse stakeholders on one, global, inclusive platform. As we have grown, we have continued to listen and adapt.
“We acknowledge the fundamental importance of the world’s publishers and developers, and welcome Capcom, Konami and Sega as members of the GEF and the PDAC. We look forward to continuing the GEF’s initiatives for the development of esports and setting the path for an even brighter future, together.”
The deal marks the first publishers to join the federation since it was launched at the end of 2019. Since launch, it has seen several sporting federations join its ranks, including World Archery and the International Surfing Association.
Hideki Okamura, Chairman at Sega Group Corporation, commented on joining the federation: “Esports is exciting, infinitely promising and rapidly growing – the potential for growth is immense. Sega shares the same collective vision with the Global Esports Federation, to harness the benefits of technology for good, and to explore new opportunities particularly where sport meets esports; elevating the future of esports, bringing the global community together.”
Esports Insider says: Since its launch, the GEF has had minimal impact on the industry despite acquiring an impressive number of members and partners. With three of Japan’s biggest publishers on board alongside Tencent, the federation may finally be springing into action.