The Swedish E-Sports Federation has been approved as a member of the Swedish Sports Confederation. Membership was approved by 108 votes to 71.
It was in 2021 that the Swedish e-Sports Federation first applied to become a member of the Swedish Sports Confederation, but was then denied. The reason was that there were two separate organizations within e-sports that made the application, which meant that they were voted down to become members.
After the rejection, the two organizations merged into one and also implemented changes to adapt to the sports movement’s statutes and values before submitting a new application to the federation in the spring of 2023.
The E-Sports Federation has now been voted in as a member of the Swedish Sports Confederation. Although the E-Sports Federation had hoped to become a member this year, the National Sports Board had insisted on rejecting the application at yesterday’s meeting. During the meeting, however, the member associations went against the National Sports Board and several took the podium to argue for e-sports to be included in the association. For example, actor and martial arts profile Musse Hasselvall warned that Swedish sport risks losing young people if e-sports are excluded.
– It means a lot, especially for the children and young people who see e-sports as their main sport, Sammi Kaidi, chairman of the E-Sports Federation, told tax-funded SVT.
The Swedish E-Sports Federation was voted into the Swedish Sports Confederation with 108 votes to 71.