Saturday, 27 August 2016
Brazilian Sports ministry confirms that eSports is indeed a sport.
It was just like any other sporting event.
The teams arrived, the media set up their cameras, and there was a flurry of activity from the organisers.
Such was the opening of the finals for CounterStrike: GO as the Confederação Brasileira do Desporto Eletrônico (CBDEL) held its team selections for IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.
The event started with Daniel Cossi (President of CBDEL) giving a rousing speech. Colin Webster (Board member of IeSF) followed, and explained to all the benefits that gamers get through National Federations working in close harmony with IeSF.
Paulo Protasio (President of the Rio Chamber of Commerce) then took to the floor.
The last speaker was Secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Luiz Lima.
Although all the speeches were both interesting and relevant, all were eclipsed when Luiz openly declared the Ministry's support for eSports.
It is remarkable that CBDEL has achieved in two short years what many federations have taken decades to achieve,
Viva CBDEL, viva Brazil, viva!