The World Games will take place in Chengdu, China from 7-17 August 2025. THE WORLD GAMES

The International World Games Association (IWGA) and the Global Esports Federation have announced the signing of a Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA) aimed at exploring opportunities to integrate esports into future editions of The World Games.

The focus of the agreement is to showcase esports during The World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China, scheduled from 7-17 August. This initiative aims to provide unique experiences that engage the esports community at one of the world's premier multi-sport events.

At the heart of the SFA is a shared commitment to develop and present world-class esports demonstrations at The World Games, with the ultimate goal of fully integrating esports into the event's sports program in the years ahead. The partnership aims to harness the vast potential of esports, creating a platform that bridges the gap between digital and traditional sports.

The partnership aims to enhance digital engagement and expand presence through innovative initiatives, with a focus on connecting deeply with the global esports community. The strategy involves forging new partnerships and launching creative projects to increase audience interaction and participation. Additionally, it aims to align with UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals by integrating social responsibility and sustainability into the events. 

The World Games will take place in Chengdu, China from 7-17 August 2025. THE WORLD GAMES
The World Games will take place in Chengdu, China from 7-17 August 2025. THE WORLD GAMES

"This partnership marks a significant milestone in uniting the #worldconnected esports and traditional sports communities," said Paul J. Foster, CEO of GEF. "By creating limitless opportunities for world-class athletes, we aim to inspire billions of fans through high-performance competition. We are dedicated to creating innovative and immersive entertainment experiences that celebrate both esports and sport."

Guillaume Felli, IWGA Deputy CEO, emphasised the transformative impact of esports, stating, "We are thrilled to announce the signing of the Strategic Framework Agreement between the IWGA and the Global Esports Federation. This collaboration marks an exciting new chapter for our organisation and the progressive integration of esports within our global sporting community.

"Our partnership brings immense opportunities, starting with The World Games Chengdu 2025, where we anticipate a vibrant fusion of traditional sports and revolutionary esports. This agreement not only enhances the scope and appeal of our event but also underscores our commitment to innovation and inclusivity. We look forward to the possibilities this collaboration will unlock for future events and the global sporting landscape."