Malta next stop for eSports

Posted on: Oct 24, 2018 By smartlaunch in Uncategorized,

Initially reported by Malta Today, the Government of Malta has revealed in the 2019 budget that it will be looking to make Malta a desirable destination for the eSports industry. Malta will seek to enter the eSports market to attract events and developers to the island, in what is considered to be a new frontier for the island’s economy. One of the proposals stemming from Budget 2019 is an aggressive move to form a cluster for the eSports world, which comprises competitive and professional video gaming.

Malta, with its new regulatory framework, is a hotbed for activity in the blockchain industry and has long-term ties with the gambling and iGaming industries. Striving to turn the Mediterranean nation into a “Blockchain Island”, the government is opening its doors to blockchain and other so-called distributed ledger technologies. The Malta Blockchain Summit, which will be held on Malta between November 1-2, is anticipating 5000 delegates and will also feature a Hackathon as well as an ICO Pitch with hundreds of investors. A buzzing expo as well as riveting discussions about the world-changing potential applications of the Blockchain as well as AI, Big Data, Quantum Technology and IoT is expected.

One of the earliest opportunities to see how eSports takes to Malta will be the GO Malta Esports Festival which will feature a €5,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tournament. The tournament is run in partnership with European Esports Gaming (“EEG”) and will take place between December 7-9. The competition will not feature the game’s take on the burgeoning battle royale genre “Blackout”, but will focus on five versus five Call of Duty instead.

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