Gambling Authority to introduce gaming in schools

Looking forward to the future Gambling Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emolemo Kesitilwe. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
Looking forward to the future Gambling Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emolemo Kesitilwe. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

Botswana has started preliminary discussions aimed at introducing gaming as a legitimate extracurricular activity in schools and universities, BusinessMonitor has learnt.

Speaking at the International Gaming Conference in Lagos, Nigeria recently, GA CEO Emolemo Kesitilwe, said the Gambling Authority (GA) seeks to integrate gaming into the educational system, with schools offering e-sports clubs, game development courses, and scholarships for talented gamers. “By legitimising gaming as a skill-building and career opportunity, the nation will further reduce the stigma surrounding it,” he said. Additionally, the Authority continues to lobby for investment in the development of state-of-the-art gaming facilities and arenas, which can in the future host national and international gaming tournaments, attracting gamers and fans from across the globe.

Kesitilwe emphasised that these events not only promote gaming as a respected form of entertainment but also stimulate the local economy through tourism and sponsorships. He further pointed out that Botswana is effectively reducing the stigmatisation associated with gaming and gambling whilst promoting responsible gaming.

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