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They are offering two kinds of membership: free, and at a nominal fee of 299 a year. For the fee, e-sports players or streamers can access services such as legal advice and dispute resolution. Non-paying members may not get access to legal and career advice but will receive updates on Indian e-sports, monthly tournaments, free webinars and key policy updates. Jha, director at Epwa, says close to 5,000 e-sports players have already signed up.

This comes at a time when eight medal e-sports titles—Arena Of Valor Asian Games Version, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version, Dota 2, League Of Legends, FIFA, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V and Dream Three Kingdoms 2—are set to be included in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. According to a report published in June by the global professional services company EY, India has around 150,000 professional e-sports players and 60,000 teams. By 2025, the number of players could easily reach 1.5 million and the number of teams could expand to 250,000, the report notes, adding that the industry  will need constant regulatory support.

Globally, e-sports is so big that universities and colleges in some countries even pay scholarships to players, though an Associated Press report in March noted that 90% of such scholarships in the US go to male athletes.

India, too, has agencies to handle e-sports players and talent. The numbers they manage, however, are limited. Epwa hopes to offer guidance to all players on their professional, legal and contractual rights. “There is no players’ body. The idea was to come up with an association that helps us understand their problems and then we could accordingly work in reverse,” says Jha. “There is nobody to give them legal advice. Some of them are also not aware of the rights they have when they enter into contracts, which are the framework of any engagement.”

A man plays a computer game at an internet cafe in Beijing on September 10, 2021. Globally, e-sports is so big that universities and colleges in some countries even pay scholarships to players.

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