The Department of Culture and Leisure in Denmark has opted to continue its support for the Copenhagen Games this year, with a sponsorship through Copenhagen Municipality of no less than 600,000 DKK (~£70,000).
The Copenhagen Games will take place this Easter for the tenth time, making it Denmark’s ‘largest and oldest’ esports festival. The festival expects to welcome 10,000 guests and 1,500 participants who will come from all over the world to take part in tournaments and general activities.
“The backing from Copenhagen Municipality is very important to the establishment of Copenhagen Games 2019. The support ensures that we can maintain the foundation that is Copenhagen Games itself – which is to create a space for the many initiatives, clubs and educations within esports – which are really blossoming at the moment.” commented CEO of Copenhagen Games, Zahid Butt.
“Esports is in an exciting time of growth. When we support esport as a sport; we help create the framework for the same healthy culture of unionship we see in the typical sport clubs.” said Mayor of Culture and Leisure, Franciska Rosenkilde (Å)
The Copenhagen Games is not the only initiative supported by Copenhagne Municipality, with the release outlining that it also opts to support Copenhagen Esport; a local esports club located in Nørrebrohallen which aims to give young people the opportunity to gather and compete with like-minded individuals.
Zahid Butt concluded: “There is a quickly growing interest, growth and development in esports in many of the country’s municipalities. That’s why it’s so great when a municipality recognizes the potential in esports and understand the necessity of supporting the enormous development there is.”
Esports Insider says: There’s a reason why the Danes are so good at esports and there’s comprehensive interest across the space. It’s down to great initiatives like this from the Municipality as well as other areas across the board. Other countries are starting to catch-up, but Denmark seems to almost always be a step ahead. Just look at Astralis….