Although the eSports community in Africa is making strides towards becoming a powerhouse, it definitely has hurdles that it needs to overcome.
In last week’s episode of the eSports in Africa series, we highlighted certain hurdles that are impeding the progress of eSports in Africa, and it is indeed refreshing to learn that African eSports stakeholders have come together to establish a Federation.
The eSports Federation of Africa which has about 27 countries as it member nations is keen on helping its member nations establish their own Federations while working to have eSports as a medal event at the African games.
The establishment of the Federation has seen the continent overcome one of the hurdles, regardless of the controversies surrounding it, and now has the opportunity to focus on overcoming other hurdles.
Fortunately, it does not need to wait for too long as another hurdle is about to be overcome. The good news is that the industry is about to be ushered into the world of Academia.
This is such an important move as it will provide credible information for investors to make informed decisions and also influence the decisions of policy makers on the continent.
A research into the socio-economic benefits of eSports in Africa
In episode 3 of the eSports in Africa online series, we spoke to the brains behind this research to find out the purpose for the research into the socio-economic benefits of eSports in Africa and its potential benefits.
Deladem Ametewee who currently works as the team manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Ghana is keen on exploring the socio-economic benefits of eSports in Africa.
Deladem has a First Degree in B.com from the University of Cape Coast UCC (Ghana), is currently enrolled on the University of Ghana’s MSc development finance program and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.
He is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Financial and Investment Analysts, Ghana, an IPSAS expert – Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and will soon be a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Deladem confirmed to eSports360s.com in an exclusive interview that the research into the socio-economic benefits of eSports in Africa began at the back end of last year, precisely in November, and is likely to be completed and published this year.
For the purpose of the research into the socio-economic benefits of eSports in Africa, he indicated:
“The research purpose is to give insight into the exact degree of eSports participation across Africa. What people perceive eSports to be, differs tremendously from different socio-economic circumstances within the regions in Africa. The study seeks to gain understanding into the perceptions of eSports among eSports stakeholders in Africa.
“The study will provide additional information to investors of eSports and video gaming. It will also help their understanding on the significance of eSports in terms of the social and economic benefits. The research will provide information on the level of participation and perception of eSports among individuals in Africa and suggests whether there is the need for investments in the area of eSports in Africa since its development in Africa is slow.
“Electronic Sports managers globally will be able to draw inference from the study in identifying areas of improvements regarding eSports and its impact on individuals’ social and economic stance. Policy makers and academia may also use this finding to design and improve on better eSports activities that will attract more youth in Africa. The knowledge and insight from this research would help bring policies that would mitigate the challenges confronting the penetration of eSports in the African sub regions”.
The research is still ongoing and stakeholders can contribute to it by completing this survey questionnaire. Please click on the link to do so.