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Esports likely join full Commonwealth Games medal programme from 2026

Esports is likely to enter the full medal program from 2026, with the Commonwealth Games chief admitting that if they didn’t hold out hopes of fully integrating the sport it wouldn’t be tested in Birmingham from next week

  • Esports will be part of the Games in Birmingham next week as a demonstration sport
  • Esports is expected to be included in the main schedule for Victoria
  • Commonwealth Games president Dame Louise Martin says they wouldn’t have given permission to show it if they didn’t want to move it

Commonwealth Games chiefs have confirmed that esports will likely enter their full medal program by 2026.

Competitive gaming is making an appearance at the Games in Birmingham as a demonstration sport, with the Commonwealth Esports Championships taking place at the International Convention Center next weekend.

But esports is now fully expected to be included in the main schedule for Victoria 2026.

Esports will become a full Commonwealth Games sport in Victoria, Australia from 2026

Esports will become a full Commonwealth Games sport in Victoria, Australia from 2026

“If we didn’t do it, if we didn’t think about moving on, we wouldn’t be doing this (the pilot),” admitted Dame Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“We would never have allowed them to show this in the middle of our Games.”

CGF chief executive Katie Sadleir added: “The Commonwealth Esports Championships we run is an example of how we are an organization committed to embracing the youth of the Commonwealth.

The head of the Commonwealth Games said they had signed a long-term commitment with the Global Esports Federation

The head of the Commonwealth Games said they had signed a long-term commitment with the Global Esports Federation

“We have signed a long-term commitment with the Global Esports Federation and there are some really good wins ahead of us in terms of working closely with them.

“The pilot is a pilot, we will evaluate it, but either way, we will be working closely with esports in the future. We like that we do it first. The esports phenomenon is growing.’

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that the International Olympic Committee is sending observers to the Birmingham esports event with a view to inclusion in future Olympics.

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