The decision was confirmed by the Ukrainian Ministry for Youth and Sports after lobbying from two national bodies – the Ukrainian Esports Federation (UESF) and the Ukrainian Professional Cybersport Association.
“We cannot ignore this phenomenon because esports is developing very fast all over the world,” said Ukraine’s Sports Minister Vadym Gutzayt, according to the Esports Observer. “Audience interest is growing every month as is the involvement of our population. We want our children, who are already at the computer most of the time, not to become addicted to gaming, but to be able to turn their hobby into an intellectual competition.”
The UESF said they had been working towards the full recognition of esports in Ukraine for more than a year.The organisation became International Esports Federation (IESF) in March.