British Esports Addresses Backlash Over Saudi Esports Partnership
The British Esports Association responded this week to recent backlash over its recent partnership with the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority. In a statement released earlier this week, the Association promised to continue to help support the “esports landscape and ecosystem in Saudi Arabia” while coaching and developing both amateur and professional gamers.
The partnership between British Esports and Saudi Arabia was met with criticism, mostly originating from UK-based esports organizations. Some accused the Association of partaking in activities antithetical to its core values, such as silencing conversations about human rights violations and selling out for a large sum of money.
However, British Esports has fired back at these claims, arguing that it is in a unique situation and that this partnership is the best way to grow the esports landscape in the region. The Association defended their decision, claiming that the promotion of the region’s esports scene is a more important priority than vocalizing any political dissent.
In addition, British Esports states that their partnership with Saudi Arabia has been exquisitely planned, with every step carefully analyzed to ensure that nothing goes against their core values or mission. The Association stated that it has a lot of work to do in terms of education and development and that its recent partnership with the General Sports Authority will help to strengthen esports’ presence in the region significantly.
The British Esports Association is the first organization in the UK to openly enter a partnership of this magnitude with the GSA. This move has been met with strong support from other esports nations and organizations. With British Esports leading the way, the region is sure to see a higher level of esports development.
The British Esports Association has responded directly to the criticism, stating that it is invested in building a strong esports industry in the region and stands by its decisions. Despite the backlash, the Association is determined to support esports growth in Saudi Arabia and to help develop both amateur and professional gamers.