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Commonwealth Games event you can play from your lounge chair

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Esports will be included as a pilot event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year, with the prospect of it being included as a medal event in the 2026 edition.

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The Commonwealth Esports Championships has been sanctioned by the Commonwealth Games Federation GF Executive Board and will take place from August 6-7 in Birmingham during the Commonwealth Games which run from July 28-August 8.

The Championships will be held in partnership with the Global Esports Federation (GEF) and will have separate branding and medals.

“Esports is continuing to grow dramatically in terms of popularity and participation, particularly amongst young people,” CGF President Louise Martin said in a statement.

“We are continuing to look at ways to explore how it can align with the Commonwealth Sports Movement.”

The inclusion in the Commonwealth Games follows a trend of including esports in global multi-sports events.

Esports is an official medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, four years after it was held as a demonstration event at the Asiad in Jakarta.

The esports industry surpassed $US1 billion ($A1.4 billion) in revenue in 2021 but has met resistance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) when being considered as a competitive event for the Summer Games.

IOC president Thomas Bach had stated that some esports games were too violent and not in line with Olympic values.

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