The Lagos State Government and the Government of France on Friday sealed a bilateral agreement that sought to lay the foundation for the development of e-sports in Nigeria.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and French ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Emmanuelle Blatmann, signed the Memorandum of Understanding enabling professional e-sports players in Lagos to go on a real-time online community and compete with players around the world to earn revenues from the multi-billion dollar industry.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the French partners, in their statement, mentioned that as a result of the bilateral agreement, it would be delivering a high-grade online video gaming infrastructure that would afford players in Lagos to switch from being casual participants to competitive players in their games of choice across online leagues.”
E-sports are organised competitive video games played in real-time and watched by millions of participants across the world.
“There is an estimate of 42 million e-sports players in Nigeria, with Lagos boasting of a growing population of casual and competitive video game players, who invest resources to participate in online competition,” the statement added.