In an interview with TheBigWhale, a French cryptocurrency and Web3 newsletter, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that esports and gaming are an “important part of France’s soft cultural power,” which he vowed to uphold if re-elected. He also cited Karmine Corp and Team Vitality as two pillars of “French excellence” in the esports sector.
As the eSports industry continues to grow, we are seeing more and more collaboration between eSports and the broader fields of entertainment, sports and politics. This year, for the first time in history, esports will appear as an officially accredited sport at the Asian Games and will span multiple games including PUBG, DOTA 2 and League of Legends.
But the global impact of esports is not only felt in Asia. In a recent interview with Web3 newsletter TheBigWhale, French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the importance of esports in his re-election campaign and vowed to increase the presence of esports events in France if he is re-elected.
The presidential elections in France will take place on April 24, with Macron and National Assembly candidate Marine Le Pen currently running as the two main candidates.
The importance of sport
Macron’s discussion with The Great Whale focused heavily on the importance of technology as a cultural export for France – with video games being essential to the continuation of “French Soft Cultural Power” in Europe and beyond.
One point Macron emphasized during the interview was the importance of promoting France as “THE country for video games”. He cited the success of French gaming studios such as Quantic Dream and Ubisoft as a cornerstone of France’s presence in gaming.
He also drew attention to the esports sector, naming French giants Karmine Corp and Team Vitality as organizations that have shown “French excellence” through their success in games like League of Legends and CS:GO.
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Both teams have recently seen huge investments in their League of Legends rosters, with Team Vitality building an “EU Superteam” and Karmine Corp signing European legend Martin “Rekkles” Larssen in early 2022.
Organization of international tournaments
Macron also stressed the importance of making France a cultural destination for esports fans. The country is set to host the 2024 Olympics, with Macron expressing a desire to “create a link between the Olympiads of the two worlds” by bringing international e-sports tournaments to Europe.
He cited the League of Legends World Championship, The International of Dota 2 and CS:GO Major tournaments as events that France would host if re-elected, stating: “If the French trust me, we will work on it as soon as I do.” am elected. That’s what makes France’s influence.”
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