The Isle of Man Government announces its sponsorship of the Island’s first professional esports organisation X7 Esports, underlining its long-term commitment to the industry.
A growing interest
The Isle of Man-based esports organisation X7 Esports has announced a sponsorship deal with Digital Isle of Man, which is an agency within the Department of Enterprise for the Isle of Man.
According to a release, the sponsorship comes following a “growing interest in the Isle of Man esports scene at all levels”
In fact, the island showed first its interest in the field in summer 2020, when it hired its Head of esports, Chris Kissack, to work towards launching an esports proposition for the island.
Commenting on the sponsorship and sector more broadly, Kissack said: “Esports is a fast-growing industry on the Isle of Man, and we are delighted to be able to support X7 on their journey. As the Island’s first professional esports Org competing in a recognised tournament within the industry. It is a very exciting opportunity and demonstrates that the Isle of Man is well-placed to support other such initiatives looking to grow and develop”.
A pivotal time
“The Isle of Man has a lot to offer in terms of supportive structures and security, and they have already proven this with traditional sports and local companies. Getting involved with esports at such a pivotal time is a good move for the Isle of Man. It’s also great to see the Island continuing to support grassroot initiatives and those wanting to make a name for themselves in this space”, said Founder of X7 Esports Josh Kingett.
One thing is certain, esports has the makings to be a significant industry for the Island going forward and the time is now to get involved to help the sector and its participants reach its full potential, added Jade Zorab, Managing Director at Amber Gaming, which also partnered with X7.