Global Esports Federation launches Digital Innovation Commission

16 March. 2021

The Global Esports Federation is bringing its Digital, Technology, Innovation, Active Esports (DTIA) Commission to life as it monitors digital innovation in esports-related technologies and supports initiatives around the rapid convergence of esports and sports.


The Commission is co-chaired by GEF Board members Chris Overholt, President and chief executive of Toronto-based OverActive Media and Chong Geng Ng, President and founder of the Singapore Esports Association (SGEA).


The DTIA Commission comprises a collective of technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs, futurists, gaming and systems engineers, and the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


Overholt: “The future of sports and entertainment lives at the intersection of gaming, sport, music, and technology. The most successful sports properties and organisations will be the ones who adapt best and fastest to this new mashup culture reality. The leading voices on our Commission are working hard to lead the digital change needed to attract bigger audiences and younger fan bases.”


Chong Geng Ng: “Our new reality is that esports, traditional sports, and gaming are converging rapidly, accelerated by the significant development in extended reality  technologies –creating new opportunities for sports to engage their millions of participants and fans in the new and evolved digital world. The Global Esports Federation and our interactive technology partner, Refract, are helping to create a shared knowledge-bridge between the powerful history and foundations of traditional sport and the dynamic rise of esports.”