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British eSports Association appoints MP Ed Vaizey as Vice Chair

"It’s one of the fastest-growing industries we've seen"

British eSports Association appoints MP Ed Vaizey as Vice Chair

British MP Ed Vaizey is taking the Vice Chair position for the British eSports Association.

Vaizey worked as the Culture Minister between 2010 and 2016 and has been arguably the biggest advocate for the UK games industry at a government level. During his tenure, the UK secured tax breaks for the games industry.

"A great future"

The British eSports Association is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2016 to raise awareness around and to support this burgeoning sector.

“I joined the British eSports Association as Vice Chair because I passionately believe that eSports has a great future – in the UK and all across the world,” said Vaizey.

“It’s one of the fastest-growing industries we’ve seen. And as a British MP I want British eSports to be at the forefront.

“We’ve got a real opportunity here, even though the industry is growing and hundreds of thousands if not millions of people participate, it’s still a young industry and I think we can really put the UK on the map.

“The British eSports Association is there to promote, inspire and improve young players and promote eSports, it’s fantastic.”

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