Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, has recently announced a national-level e-sports competition to take place in Islamabad in March 2021. He was talking to a TV host and social media celebrity Waqar Zaka in an interview. The gamers community of Pakistan has welcomed this welcoming development.
Waqar Zaka, who himself has been advocating and promoting the national talent in the gaming industry, had approached the minister to convince him. I guess it worked and Fawad Chaudhry announced National E-Sports Tournament in March.
In another interesting and important announcement, Fawad Chaudhry revealed that the government is taking steps to introduce 3D animation and Gaming courses to the universities. This is going to promote the billion dollar industry and students as well as the government will equally benefit from it. Steps as such will absolutely be marked as an achievement in the future.
The companies working in Pakistan [in the gaming industry] tell me that they have a number of vacant posts, but no applicants. So we are designing a course in collaboration with these companies and launching certification programs in our universities, said Fawad Chaudhry
The federal minister said that the course will be offered to the graduates in the first phase. The companies that are working in the game development industry will be providing course content and trainers. He added that the courses will later be offered to the 12th graders as well.
This announcement of the National E-Sports Tournament in March by Fawad Chaudhry can be a trendsetter for the youngsters. These tournaments will not only monetize the video gamers but will also explore the talent in the country.
“If you are not interested in reading and are interested in video games on the phone, be prepared. Bringing a special program of video games programming,” he had tweeted.
اگر آپ کو پڑھنے سےدلچسپی نہیں اور فون پر ویڈیو گیمز سےرغبت ہے تو تیاری رکھیں @MinistryofST ویڈیو گیمز پروگرامنگ کا خصوصی پروگرام لارہی ہے تا کہ ہم 90 ارب ڈالر کی اس انڈسٹری کاحصہ بن سکیں، Animation اور ویڈیو گیمز سرٹیفیکیشن پروگرام نوجوانوں کیلئے Game ہی نہیں Game Changer ہوں گے
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 24, 2020
With a net worth of 90 billion USD, the gaming industry is bigger than Hollywood, Fawad said and added that the industry has shown a 20% of annual growth in Pakistan over the years.
He encouraged gamers to be a part of the multibillion-dollar industry, which could be a game changer for them.